Processing our journey. Enjoy the process. What do those things really mean? As I have pondered the discussion of this topic, I do concede that I do not have all the answers. Barely any of them. But I will share what I have concluded from my own journey. Processing to me means evaluating the events that you are experiencing. How what’s happening is affecting you. Why what’s happening affects you. What do you do with those answers?
When trauma, hurt and pain is the bulk of what you know, how can you process that? Why me? What am I doing wrong? Well, life throws us all curveballs. Some low, some high. But we all have to accept the events that are out of our control. Processing is learning how to not let those events overwhelm and control you. On the journey, we are told to enjoy the process. Enjoy pain, hurt, loss?
I believe that the enjoy means being grateful for the lessons learned, the growth, the self-awareness gained as we process life events. Becoming whole as we process what happens to us in a healthy way. Our emotional health is a very “high trending” topic these days. What with the fallout from the pandemic. Although our emotional health has always been a part of our wholeness, it has risen on the priority list.
The prcoessing is dealing with the emotions the events leave at the forefront of our lives when things happen. Are you dealing with high emotions at this point in your life? You can and should acknowledge your emotions. You just can’t wallow in them. Take the steps neceassary to move forward. How do you do that? First, accept that you have been hurt, have loss or betrayal. Second, forgive the other person (and in some cases it may be yourself) so that you don’t feed the hurt and pain. That causes development of the ugliness of losing control of our emotions. Third, replace this event wiith something that causes gratitude. In spite of what has happened, I am grateful for…
Forgiveness is proabably the hardest part. It shouldn’t be because Jesus forgave you.