A Passover Message from Diana Cole

A Passover Message from Diana Cole

Atlanta Jewish Times staff wishes our community Happy Passover.

Diana Cole
Diana Cole

Leaving struggles behind can feel like stepping into a brighter future. It is a choice to move forward, to let go of the weight we’ve been carrying, and to embrace the possibility of something better. Sometimes it’s about finding closure, forgiveness, or simply deciding not to dwell on the past. You need to live life to the fullest.

Finding closure is often a deeply personal and individual journey. It involves coming to terms with an event or situation, accepting it for what it is, and finding a way to move forward without lingering emotional baggage. One of my children has a memory like an elephant regarding memories, events, and situations (wish it was school and chores), I keep telling them that they need to forget and let go. Hopefully one day they will listen to me.

Forgiveness can indeed be challenging. It requires a deep internal journey, confronting hurt and pain, and ultimately choosing to release the hold those feelings have on us. It’s a process that often involves acknowledging our own humanity and the humanity of others, understanding that holding onto resentment only continues to hurt us in the long run.

There are times when we need to dwell on the past. That is how we as humans learn from our predecessors’ decisions. Whether it be historical, political, career, friendships, or with family, we hopefully do not make the same choices as they have. History, whether personal or collective, provides valuable lessons that shape our present and future decisions. By examining the choices and experiences of our predecessors, we gain insight into what worked, what didn’t, and why. This understanding allows us to make more informed decisions and navigate similar situations more effectively.

We need to learn to move forward.

Happy Passover!

Diana Cole is the Community Coordinator for the Atlanta Jewish Times.

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