This picture serves as a reminder for me, it represents hurt and release. It also reminds me to be proactive about protecting my own heart and mind.
It represents hurt, because it contains papers filled with things that cut deeply, probably one of the most hurtful moments of my life.
It represents release, because I knew that if I kept it around… I’d keep reading it. Any forgiveness or progress toward reconciliation would be thwarted by these words lingering about.
Which is also why it reminds me to be proactive about protecting my heart and mind. I need to discard anything that steals my peace, that makes me question my value, that causes me pain.
I can no longer read the words that are on those pages, burning away. I can’t replay them in my mind. I can’t dwell on them. I have cast them away from me.
You might ask why keep the picture, doesn’t it bring up negative feelings?
On the contrary, it brings me so much peace knowing that I have the strength to let go and move on.