Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover, the prisoner was you. Most of us carry around anger, jealousy, resentment, or some other negative emotions, directed to others. Some of them, have been around for years, or are directed so someone, no longer in your life. All those negative emotions hang around your neck and weigh you down. Unless dealt with, they will eventually to broadly affect the quality of your life, and that of those around you. Love, compassion and the other higher vibrational emotions are constrained by the baser ones. We can not fly, if we are chained down.
When you holt resentment toward another, you are bound to that Person or condition by an emotional link,that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to desolve that link and get free.
It is easy to identify the big heavy chains from major emotional traumas in your life. What is less easy to see is, how the fine threads of everyday frustrations join together like strands in a rope. Forgiveness is the act of unchaining yourself from thoughts and feelings, that bind you to an offense, imagined or real, committed against you. It’s a commitment to a process of growth and change. Forgiveness is a creative act, it changes us from prisoners of the past, we become liberated people at peace with our memories.
There is no future in the past.
The first step is to recognize the value of forgiveness and the positive Impact it can have in our lifes. When we forgive, we release the power and the control of the offending Person and stop playing the victim. We no longer define our lifesby how we have been hurt and instead define ourselves by how we have grown. Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.
Life either expands or contracts in direct proportion to your courage to forgive. Forgiveness is the most important single process, that brings peace and harmony to your life.
Forgiveness has two parts. The lesser part is to release others, the greater part is to forgive yourself for allowing yourself to be bound to negative emotions. Only when we unchain ourselves, we can fly.
“To err is human, to forgive divine.” – Wiliam Shakespeare
Forgiveness is not only a gift we give to others, Forgiveness is a gift, we give to ourselves. The weak can never forgive, forgiveness is the attribude to the strong. -Mahadma Ghandi