It’s been two years now… I refuse to let the past affect my future. Once I learned that forgiveness is something I do for myself, it made me fully understand what I had to do. Forgive. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to rewind the clock and be given the chance to change an outcome? As much as I might want it, writing our wrong doings or being granted do-overs is not always possible. The fact that I am now able to look back and realize that a mistake occurred means I have learned a lesson. I am grateful! “Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you deny the other person’s responsibility for hurting you, and it doesn’t reduce or justify the wrong. You can forgive the person without excusing the act. Forgiveness brings a kind of peace that helps you go on with life.”
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you”
My gift to myself this Christmas is..
The very word forgiveness is built on the root word give. Forgiveness releases your partner from your criticism and releases you from being imprisoned by your own negative judgments. It is not surrender, but a conscious decision to cease to harbor resentment. In effect, it takes the poison our of your body. It cleanses your system of the poison that will surely fester and cause illness and continued misery if not released. You cannot take the poison and expect someone else to die. They will go on with their life and you will be the only one to continue to suffer.