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Let It Go
I was riding with a friend of mine recently when he was cut off on the freeway. I now fully understand what road rage is. More important though was the fact that he couldn’t just let it go. I spent the afternoon listening to him rant and rave about how no one knew how to drive (except for him and me). And as time went along, he told me about so many other things that just pushed his buttons.
So what do you do when someone is rude to you? Do you quickly take offense? Are you anxious to get even and ready to teach the other person a lesson?
My hot button was when someone would ride my bumper at night with their lights on bright. I had a tendency to pull over and let them pass, then catch up to them and ride their bumper with my headlights on bright for a while, just to "let them see how it feels". And I did this on more than one occasion. With age I’ve come to realize that that kind of reaction did nothing for me. It didn’t help me grow as a person.
Over time, I've learned to “just let it go." I guess I’m just getting too old to hold a grudge. Holding a grudge just makes me feel unhappy. The Bible says to "turn the other cheek”. We have choices in life. We can choose anger and lash out at someone or we can choose to “let it go” and be happy. And with your choice, you’ll find out who controls you, you or some other person. Don’t let anyone hinder you from achieving your goals but be strong and just “let it go”. Don't waste a lot of time plotting revenge, though. It is an enormous waste of your time and energy.
Now think for a moment. What good is it going to do you to get all upset? When something like this happens, you have a choice. You can either let it eat at you, or you can let it go, and move on to more important job.
And don’t get caught in to playing the blame game. So many people fall into that trap. They try to blame everyone else for their situations. It really doesn't matter who is to blame, because there's nothing you can do about it and it doesn’t change the situation. If we spent all that time working to improve ourselves, rather than playing the blame game, we would be a mush better person
So don't waste your time trying to figuring out who is responsible. Instead, spend your time and efforts to determining what is the best way for you to go. Forgiving and forgetting get you peace of mind, friends, and a positive outlook, not to mention an enormous amount of time available for productive pursuits.
So challenge yourself today to try and let things go. Take control over you. Know where you’re going and don’t let anyone deter you from your goal.
About the Author: Charles Wood has been a personal couch and mentor for 30 years and has helped hundreds experience a fuller life. He is a speaker and a motivator who wants to help everyone he meets become successful.
Visit his website at http://www.motivatinglives.com