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Forgiveness IS….

Posted on: Monday, February 6th, 2012

It is the willingness to abandon resentment, and retribution while fostering compassion and empathy, generosity and love

It is offered freely with no external pressure to do it

When one wrongs/offends another it creates a debt between them. Forgiveness is cancelling the debt

It is the internal act of releasing the other

When we forgive ourselves, we are releasing ourselves from the debt owed for our mistakes against others especially if those we have wronged have forgiven us

Sometimes we feel our mistakes are unforgivable even those that nobody holds against us, forgiveness is accepting we are human and allowing ourselves to make mistakes that we can learn from

And when you remember the offense or wrongdoing (and you will), forgiveness is choosing to forgive again…and again…and again

To read about what forgiveness is NOT click here

Does understanding what forgiveness is or is not make it easier to forgive a partner? Maybe not. Practicing forgiveness however makes it possible to rebuild trust (where both parties are willing) and it makes it possible for you to let go of the resentment and bitterness and move on with your life, with or without the other.

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