Are you haunted by something that happened in your past? Whether someone wronged you or you made a decision you regret, maybe you have unresolved anger or resentment. What you may not realize is that powerful, self-destructive emotions like anger, hate, and resentment can cause you to pay an incredibly high price. Forgiveness is the way to get your power back.
We can learn alot from observing how others handle the process of choosing to forgive or not to forgive. My sweet grandmother had an issue with forgiveness and regret. She was one of the most loving and giving people I've known. But I could see how her inability to release and let go and forgive - a couple of issues from her childhood and early in her adult life - caused her to be somewhat imprisoned by those thoughts and feelings. She would frequently talk about things she regretted in her life. This was actually a gift from her to me - I saw how it affected her, and decided that I would live a life of no regrets...
There is power in forgiveness. Forgiving the people who have hurt you (including yourself), even if they don't ask for it, is what you do for yourself. When you forgive, it doesn't mean that you approve of what's happened. Rather, it means that you're giving yourself permission to move on with your life.
Generally, forgiveness is a decision to let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge. The act that hurt or offended you may always remain a part of your life, but forgiveness can lessen its grip on you and help you focus on other, positive parts of your life.
Forgiveness doesn't mean that you deny the other person's responsibility for hurting you, and it doesn't minimize 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.
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