Sometimes, life throws you an experience you would never have imagined even in your dreams. This can be a magical experience. But what if the opposite happens? What if something so shocking and traumatic happens that you can’t even fathom it’s a reality?
My Family’s Experience with Selling Our Business – Ouch
In another post, perhaps I’ll share the details, but after my father had a stroke, my family decided to sell our small business, but instead the unspeakable happened. In December 2012, the deal did not happen and further more, my father was taken advantage by the buyers and our business was snatched away through manipulation. My father had invested most of his retirement savings in the business and we didn’t get anything in return. But more than that, the smiles of my parents’ faces were not there.
How Do You Trust Again after a Painful Experience?
I had a hard time trusting anyone after this experience. For almost two years, I couldn’t get over what happened. I became bitter and over analyzed any person’s remark or action.
It was not until much later, I realized I was living my life walking on eggshells. I was always looking over my shoulder.
Rediscover Joy and Happiness Through Forgiveness
I worked on letting go of the pain that came because of this experience. I started to write affirmations and say them out loud in forgiving the couple associated with manipulating my father.
I went deeper than that. I thought about every single person in my life and let them go in my mind. I also asked for forgiveness for things I may have done to others.
That couple was not even a part of our lives anymore, but the energetic ties were affecting my life. By forgiving, I cut off our energetic ties and released them from my life lovingly. But note that though I was not accepting their actions, I was forgiving what happened to us.
The trust part is not so easy, but I realized there are many beautiful human beings with integrity in this world. If I were to be happy in my life again, I had to trust again. It was the only way to find meaning in my life and relationships.
How did you start trusting and forgiving again after a challenging experience? What was your biggest takeaway from this post? Please share with me in the comments.