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Let Go of The Chains That Bind You

The past represents so much to us. In many ways, it is our identity. It is how we came to be, a formulation of many events and contrived opinions that somehow made their way into our psyche.

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MIKE LIGUORI

The past represents so much to us. In many ways, it is our identity. It is how we came to be, a formulation of many events and contrived opinions that somehow made their way into our psyche.

For most of us, that came in the form of childhood. For some of us, that may have come in the form of heartbreak where our self-worth is utterly attached to the significance our partner placed on us.

When it’s over, we feel we no longer matter. If we are not good enough for them in a relationship, how could we ever be good enough for ourselves or anyone else, for a matter of fact?

And that’s where the chains form. We find ourselves in these opinions we have taken on, and it has become a part of our identity. We do this with wealth where we think because we have not had the high-paying job we wanted and desired, that we do not ever think money will come into our bank account.

We do this with school, where our past grades and performance in grade school and high school has created a chain that we are not smart or not meant to excel in college or trade school or any school, for a matter of fact.

We do this to ourselves multiple times throughout the course of our lives to the point where we never amount to what we know we are capable of. I have done this with my writing.

Because I have never been published on a Business Insider or a major news site, I have formed a chain that led me to believe that my worth as a writer is only good if I am on those sites.

I excluded the fact that I enjoy writing NOW in the present moment.

You cannot alter your past. I cannot alter my past. What’s done is done. The events, the struggles, the good times, and the bad. They are all gone.

And we know this, yet we hold onto it. We form the chains that bind us.

The good news is that today there are no chains. There is nothing at this moment right now that can keep you down or bind you to a proverbial wall. Nothing can stop you except the chains of the past.

But you have to let go. I have to let go. We have to identify that we are no longer victims of the chains of our past. Rather, we are free at this moment, free to take another chance, free to deal with rejection, free to create something entirely new.

It takes letting go, though.

It takes ridding ourselves of negativity, of perception of a past reality to rid ourselves of this.

By letting go of the chains that bind us, that being our past, we have an opportunity to be free now. We do not have to let our past define us. We can let go of the hurt, pain, and joy of yesterday to allow ourselves the space to go for the thing we want NOW.

It’s time we break our chains and be free.