I was finally repainting my daughter’s bedroom now that she had left for college. It was so strange to see how different the color I was applying looked in areas where the old color was still visible. The original violet made this new, neutral, warm tone almost look greenish-yellow…in fact I kept checking the formula on the can to make sure the guy at Home Depot had mixed it right. The new color didn’t stop looking terrible until I had all the walls completely and totally covered in fresh paint and none of the old color was visible.
(Yes, this is the same, exact color in both pictures below)
This strange episode made me think about life and how our past experiences can “discolor” how we perceive our present and our future.
I know people who have every right to be pissed off and miserable for the rest of their days ..and yet they are able to live in the moment and plan for the future without having the past throw off their hopes and dreams.
How do they do that?
No doubt there are different philosophies on how to handle old pain, and I am no expert in this area, but I come from the camp that encourages people to slam the door on what was and move on. Let’s be honest, some transgressions will never be resolved, fixed, apologized for or receive “closure” of any kind so the only option is to “repaint.” Now this doesn’t mean that a “scratch” now and then won’t reveal what’s underneath. A painful past never really goes away..but it certainly doesn’t have to influence or dictate our present or future.
And make no mistake..as I found out when I was painting..all it takes is one little section of old to ruin the new…so when you make the decision to let go of the past and forge ahead..don’t make the mistake of hanging on to even one, little inch of what once was. Apply a generous coat of ‘fresh and new’ from corner to corner and watch how this complete coverage can totally transform your life.
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