“I'm sorry.” Two tiny words that can mean so much or so little.
“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” Robert Muller
Are you forgiving with your whole heart and letting go of the incident or saying that you are sorry to glaze over the issue? When you forgive someone are you letting go of the hurt and pain? If you don't truly forgive the hard feelings stay with you, linger and bubble up to the surface next time you are upset with someone.
Forgiveness is a huge concept and I thought one that would be great to touch on at the end of the year as we reflect upon our relationships with friends, co-workers, neighbors and family.
I would like to share four promises that you should make to yourself each time you ask forgiveness:
“I will not dwell on this incident.”
“I will not bring up this incident again and use it against you.”
“I will not talk to others about this incident.”
“I will not let this incident stand between us or hinder our personal relationship.”
These four promises seem so small and easy but I guarantee will take time to learn and enforce. Be kind and loving, foremost to yourself, by adapting this new level of forgiveness and lighten your heart. Stop carrying anger, past mistakes and grudges against others.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Mahatma Gandi
Holding on to angry feelings hurts your relationships with others many times without you or them knowing. Be honest, share your feelings and move towards reconcilation in your heart as well as on your tongue.
“Forgive or relive” Unknown
Occasionally the instance arrives when, for a multitude of reasons, you cannot share your thoughts. Write them down, forgive this person and shred the letter remembering that the forgiveness is in your heart and mind. I love the note that I found that inspired this article, it reminded me that you might be angry but you still love the person that you are upset with. Being angry doesn't mean that you don't love someone.
I hope that you will find this helpful. Please share with me what you do to forgive and move on with a positive attitude.
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