Forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling. Forgiveness helps you let go of hurt and anger--it may or may not help others. It is a process that frees you to live life more fully. Forgiving is not forgetting, excusing, reconciling, or being weak. As one person put it, "Forgiveness was one of the hardest things in recovery for me, but now it means to let go and not to let the people who hurt me keep me locked to them with anger."
Action for the Day
Practice forgiveness by writing a few practice letters that you will not send. Write the response you'd like to hear from the other person. Then write a letter of forgiveness to that person, accepting the apology and letting the issue go. Remember, don't send these forgiveness letters. They are meant to help you let go and be free from hurt. You don't need anyone else in order to achieve this freedom.
Thought for the Day
"When you forgive, you in no way change the past--but you sure do change the future."-Bernard Meltzer
Quoted from the app Inspirations from Hazelden
I've been working very hard on practicing forgiveness. You see, if I expect someone to forgive me, I also need to be willing to learn to forgive others. We all make mistakes, say and do the wrong things at times(some of us are experts at it), we need to be willing to ask for forgiveness AND be willing to give it to others in return. Forgiveness teaches us to be kind hearted...
"Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant." ~Paul Coelho