Shake it off!  What do you think we have to shake off? Our past!

Think of your past as dirty dust that is stuck on you from your life experience.

When I moved out after being in a home for 27 years, the dust that was located behind the bed, on top of the fridge and behind the washing machine was not a pleasant sight to see. Why does this happen? Because there is no activity going on in those places like there is on the kitchen bench top.

Cartoon illustration of woman sneezing amongst clouds of dust

There is nothing as desolate as your past, so like dust you need to acknowledge it along with all the stuff that happened to create it and its unpleasantness and unfairness, but then shake it off!

Stop focusing on it and watching a re-run of all that went wrong or did not work out as you had hoped, and then continually year after year wonder why your life is not as you wish it was. When you look back you go back. You may think by understanding it’ll protect your future, but it won’t it will just keep you stuck in it and un-able to move forward!

Ways to know you are stuck in the past 

Often found in the form of:

  • Bitterness
  • Offence
  • Feeling unworthy/not good enough
  • Self-pity
  • Anger

These are wounds/pain from life, and they are poisonous to you. You are only hurting yourself (and maybe those closest to you). Shake it OFF, Let go and forgive if you need to (forgiving does not mean what happened was ok, but it frees you) and then move ON!  It is a choice, own it and take responsibility. If you need help get help.

Focusing on what went wrong, blaming other people or trying to understand why it played out how it did is not useful. Not all things need an answer. It happened and yeah, it probably sucked but life is not always fair for many of us. We do not always get what we want when we want it, but you can NOT afford to stay looking back at your past. If you do, it’ll keep showing up in how you live out your future. You may be thinking right now, “You don’t understand what happened to me Angela” well… I do, I have been there myself.

Shake it off!!! Keep looking forward to what you really want to show up in your life, stay in Faith for what you can’t see yet to be seen. Keep hope alive and be aware of the words you are speaking! This is a huge key as words shape our worlds. Keep doing this until the dust from your past is gone.

SHAKE IT OFF!!!