By definition, forgiveness is ‘to grant free pardon and to give up all claim on account of an offence or debt’. In other words, simply let it go and move forward. However, it seems forgiving is one of the hardest actions to do.
Why is Forgiveness so important?
There is an ancient Buddhist quote that says “holding a grudge is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” Holding on to a negative experience with another keeps you bound to that experience. Your anger doesn’t physically harm anyone but can be emotionally damaging for you.
Who is Forgiveness for?
Forgiveness is always about you. It doesn’t mean you have to forget about it. It simply means you’re no longer allowing yourself to be a victim of past hurts and anger.
How to Forgive?
A person can never rewind time to correct past hurts…so leave it in the past. Instead, focus on the lesson learned from the act (hurt, anger, betrayal, love, so forth). Behind every hard situation there is always an opportunity to learn and grow from it.
To hold on, gives the event or person your power and energy. Free yourself and make room for good to come into your life.
Iyanla Vanzant – Forgiveness
Written by Shaunna Starr
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