Have you ever thought you understood a word, and thought it carried with it a negative connotation that turned you off to it, only to have someone offer you a completely different perspective and thereby change your viewpoint all together?
Have you ever heard or used the word “repentance” before? You may have heard it used like, “Repent for your sins.” Whenever I heard this word, I felt it evoked such a heavy sense of dread and guilt; it was not a positive word for me.
Everyone makes mistakes or “sins”—we are human, we aren’t perfect—but I disagree with the way this phrase makes me feel, as if I am a terrible person, doing more wrong than good, almost as if all of the “good” things I do go unnoticed or simply brushed aside. I felt that “repenting” was doing nothing but focusing on all of the negative stuff until I heard a great sermon by the reverend at our church.
Reverend Martin explained to us that repentance can also mean a change of mind, or to turn away from something and turn to something else. This definition spoke to me.
He encouraged us to “turn from the shadows and move toward the light;” he urged everyone to actually physically “get up” when you are in the shadows, when you are feeling despair and hopeless, and move into the light toward happiness.
I love this image and this new idea of repentance. Anytime you change your state of being, anytime you flip your Magicality Magnet, you are repenting. You are in control. You can decide to alter anything in your life, whether it be your thoughts, your words or your actions. You are changing the coarse of your life by moving away from the darkness, away from negativity, and stepping in the direction of positivity and light. So opt to leave negativity behind and be surrounded by positive warmth and sunshine.
Here’s to repenting from negativity and embracing positivity!