Mixed media journal page. 9 x10″
Letting go of the past is the decision to release ourselves from anger and regret while holding ourselves accountable for our own healing, journey, life..
Sadness for a loss, sorrow for the hurt we’ve caused others or felt ourselves, grief, they may remain, albeit more quietly than when fuelled by anger and regret, but they do not consume our thoughts nor govern how we move through each day.
It isn’t that we forget what happened. In fact, looking back, mining the past for lessons, gifts and value is, I believe, important and integral to our human journey. Unburdened by regret means, we choose to ease the sting out of the memories so that we can be free to look forward in anticipation of the infinite mysteries of tomorrow confident in our clear-minded, light-of-heart approach to the future.
About The Artwork
Yesterday, I stepped into my studio thinking I’d begin working on some ideas I have for Christmas dinner nametags (I know. I know. I’m compulsive and like to get an early start. 🙂 )
The muse wasn’t interested in Christmas decorations. She was much more concerned about me taking care of my emotional well-being.
Which is what art-journalling is about for me. – Release. Balance. Breath. Space. Contemplation. Allowing. Accepting. Becoming.
I am in awe of the muse’s ability to create space for me to flow and release. Flow and release.
And in that release, allow whatever is within to appear. A signpost on my path.
Do I regret those almost five years I spent in an abusive relationship? I regret how painful my journey of transformation was to those I love. I regret the harm it caused everyone around me. In that regret comes my duty and accountability. To ease their pain, to create space for healing, I had to do the work to heal and reclaim my life.
No. I do not regret that journey. I know my decision to take it was from a place of great confusion, grief and pain. On that journeu, there are so many lessons that fuelled my personal journey into becoming. Me.
Ultimately, I lived through it. And that is a tremendous gift.
And, as I have just started reading Dan Pink’s The Power of Regret, I am still pondering, musing, and imbibing his words and ideas – so, I’ll probably be creating and writing more on this theme I’m sure! 🙂
Pink begins his book with the story of Edith Piaf and how this song became her anthem three years before her death. We played this song at our French/Indian-born mother’s Memorial Service March 3, 2020.
hey – great reference to Dan Pink; I’ve enjoyed his talks and books – and I get his mailout (every 2nd Thursday – his pandemic-launched Pinkcast email + 2 minute video has become a ‘never miss it’ routine for me)
no regrets, use the rear view mirror – but life has no reverse gear
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I love his work — he inspired me when I was crafting my TEDx talk years ago! 🙂 And thus far, The Power of Regret is… powerful!
And I love the reference to Edith Piaf’s, Non, Je ne regrette rien. It is my favourite “torch” song, a mantra so to speak.
I would add one more clause …. unhindered by the present!
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One of my favs too — reading the story of how she came to make it ‘hers’ in Pink’s book was fascinating!
And yes re the present! ❤