• An eleven letter word formed when one lets go of the resentment they have towards another; dismissing anger caused by an argument or ill-mannered action •
Forgiveness. To some– a weak mistake. To others– a sense of peace. Think of every fight you’ve ever been in; every verbal disagreement. The lies you exposed, the trust that has been broken, the annoyance you’ve felt. The tears you’ve cried over the people you’ve valued the most. No relationship is perfect– whether it’s a friendship, family tie or intimate bond. Tensions will rise over ridiculous happenings. Frustration and disappointment will occur. Seeing eye to eye won’t always come so naturally. It’s simple to want to hold grudges towards people who have ‘done you wrong’ but what would our world be like if everyone had that stubborn mindset? Darker and much more lonelier. Do we really benefit from holding the mistakes of others against them? Will these stupid arguments matter one month from now… five years from now?
The poor actions of our friends and family should not be forgotten, but can be let go in a way that relieves your own self. Release the toxic urge for revenge that’s interfering with your happiness. Learn a lesson from who hurt you, but don’t let the pain carry on. Keep your guard up against those who built that wall, but don’t permanently lock them out. Do not let little faults destroy lifelong friendships. The severity of such quarrels aren’t worth the stress and negative energy. Even if it seems like the biggest deal, there are far worse occurrences outside of these trivial arguments. I have no more space in my life for hatred and grudges, and I thank forgiveness for this calming inner peace.
“It doesn’t take a lot of strength to hold on; it takes a lot of strength to let go.”
“Anger makes you smaller while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you are.”
“The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.”