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Forgiveness is freeing

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“Not forgiving is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”

I’m tired of paying the price for other people’s mistakes and bad behaviour.

We’ve all been hurt in big and small ways, intentionally or unintentionally. There’s no denying, horrible things happen.

This article in no way denies the scarring and damage life’s atrocities, big and small, have created for people. It’s about ending our own suffering.

I believe hurt people, hurt people. This doesn’t excuse them, but we don’t have to perpetuate the suffering in our own lives.

The bigger question is, how can we stop our own suffering and paying the price for the actions, or inactions, of another?

How do we free ourselves?

Over the next couple of weeks, I will explore forgiveness, and offer strategies to reduce our own suffering.

The place to begin is to get clear about what forgiveness is, and what it isn’t.

Forgiveness is not saying what happened is OK.

Forgiveness is not saying we must ever seek out or reconcile with the person who has harmed us. Others don’t even need to know about it.


© Castanet