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What is forgiveness?
I’m serious, what exactly are we all taking about when we talk about forgiving others and forgiving ourselves?
Do you know what, I truly have no idea at this time, but I’m certain the two inspirational quotes about forgiveness that I’ve recruited with this article WILL help me, and you, understand.
And once we understand the nature of the items forgiveness is, what’s can be used as, then I’m sure we can all start to make our lives MORE – release ourselves from painful thoughts and fearful limits.
Of course that presupposes that this is what forgiveness is about, also it might not be…
Inspirational Quote #1:
“True forgiveness isn’t an action afterwards, it is an attitude that one enters each moment.”
— David Ridge
Hmm, well this forgiveness quote by David Ridge certainly doesn’t speak of forgiving past transgressions (either committed on your own as well as other).
And whilst I’ve got a fairly clear understanding of this definition of forgiveness – accepting the ‘wrong’ (but not forgetting), but also releasing yourself in the event’s hold over you (and thus the one which forgives may be the one that benefits) – I additionally have a sense that forgiveness is so a lot more than this.
So what is forgiveness? Well, it is a bit like love – impossible to define.
What David Ridge speaks of, though, seems to be in regards to a state of active being, a situation of meeting each moment with love rather than fear and pain.
It’s ‘presence in action’, for a moment – a type of acknowledgment of the past moment, whilst honouring the present moment in its fullest.
This is my understanding of what this forgiveness quote is saying. Powerful stuff, especially if the lack of a loved one (and also the pain of that loss) is continually reminding you it DID HAPPEN, and IT STILL HURTS!
But imagine if you can enter into each moment with such the ability to lead, presence of moment – so the only concerns you had were present concerns.
An amount need to be forgiven?
But maybe this type of forgiveness is a few impossible ideal that you simply believe you cant ever achieve. Well…
Inspirational Quote #2:
“You will know that forgiveness has started when you recall people who hurt you and have the power to wish them well.”
— Lewis B. Smedes
Well I believe this type of forgiveness – a tough, but not ‘impossible’, state to attain – might be more interest for you, then. The type of forgiveness you know you’ve achieved.
So you consider the transgressor (and, let’s remind ourselves, We’re able to function as the transgressors, We might be the ones in need of our very own self-forgiveness here), but you just respond with anger and resentment along with other ill feelings, OR… Or, you’ll be able to bless this person with all your best wishes, and move ahead.
As well as in blessing this individual, you bless yourself, naturally.
This type of forgiveness IS empowering. This type of forgiveness is about transforming the event, as well as your responses towards the event, rather than willingly (or otherwise) transmitting it onto another undeserving soul.
Bad stuff occur in life. This is how life goes. Either we do not know any better, or we have an ‘off day’ and behave under we all know we can. And therefore we all do unto others what we most definitely don’t want others to complete unto us.
Perform this – create situations that require the forgiveness of others. This is not an one-way gig (“I’ve forgiven him, I’ve forgiven her, but nobody has ever forgiven me”) – ‘bad stuff’ is one thing we ALL perpetuate on other people now and then (knowingly or otherwise).
Which means this ability to forgive – to embrace as soon as, as new, in order to have the ability to wish well the ones that ‘sinned’ against us – is a vital a part of life too.
Bad stuff happens. Bad stuff gets forgiven. Everyone grows.
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