Lisa and Jill were hiking along a beautiful trail in a meadow filled with tall grasses and blooming pink and purple wildflowers. Jill hiked a bit faster than Lisa. Then, suddenly, Jill disappeared. Puzzled, Lisa picked up her pace to see where she went. Perhaps it was a quick potty break into the brush.

Startled, Lisa found Jill in mud up to her mid-thighs. Little did they know but a strong thunderstorm had ravaged the area days before they hiked into the meadow. The mud began swallowing Jill’s body. Every movement Jill took to get out, only pushed her deeper and deeper into the mud hole. Now, she’s hip deep.

How was Jill supposed to get out? Quickly thinking. Lisa clasped Jill’s hand staying on dry land and threw her body weight backwards. Jill barely budged.

Keep breathing. We’ll figure this out.

Jill rumbled incoherent words getting frustrated that she was stuck. Jill began yelling it’s all your fault and blaming Lisa. It was her idea to go through the meadow instead around the other mountain side.

Lisa kept her calm diverting the anger that was thrown her way.

Jill kept screaming and moving only to sink deeper and deeper into this mud pit.

Lisa kept thinking, what can she do? What can she do?

Without further thought, Lisa dug a hold into solid dirt and planted her two hiking poles. She levered herself and reached again for Jill’s hand. After three large tugs, the mud loosened and Jill’s hips came out of the mud. Three more tugs and her knees came out. Jill out of breath crawled on to the dry area with a huge sense of relief.

Jill wrapped her arms around Lisa thanking her for getting her out. She apologized for yelling at her.

Our fears are the mud. Unresolved fears dig deeper and deeper wounds. If the fears stay unresolved the wounds become difficult to heal and suck us further into the mud.

Often we lash out our fears on others. The resulting anger is our own yet it’s projected onto others. You then blame them for an issue that’s truly yours. It’s okay to express your frustrations. It’s not okay to blame others for it.

It’s time to forgive. This story is minor in comparison to how others have treated you in life. Don’t allow your fears to swallow you whole. When we don’t forgive we give others control over us.

Marianne Williamson said, ““Forgiveness is the key to inner peace because it is the mental technique by which our thoughts are transformed from fear to love”.

Forgiveness is undoubtedly one of the hardest things that you will ever do in life. Forgive yourself. Forgive others. Continuing to hold hatred, anger or fear within you only causes you to suffer. It puts you in a cage.

To unlock your fear is to forgive. Transform fear into love.

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
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