Forgiveness is quintessential to a life of peace and joy. To forgive is a serious challenge; especially the act of forgiving ourselves.
I believe that forgiveness is essential to mental health. But forgiving is not forgetting. Forgetting negates experiential reality and creates a repetitious play. Forgiving is letting go of pain, trauma and angst. To forgive allows wounds to heal; looking at our scars leads us to acknowledge that healing has taken place. Without this process, we bleed into helplessness and hopelessness.
I found these quotes powerfully reflective of my attitude of forgiveness.
“It is not an easy journey to get to a place where you forgive people. But it is such a powerful place, because it frees you.” ~Tyler Perry
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” ~Marianne Williamson
I invite you to find the power to forgive.