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The sweetest revenge

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Forgiveness, Part II

“Tell your brother you’re sorry.” Arghhhh!

I wasn’t sorry! He hit me first, but I got caught, and I had to be the one to say I was sorry.

I wasn’t really sorry about hitting my brother back, I was just sorry I got caught. I was sorry I wasn’t as skilled at being as sneaky as he was.

My anger grew as I was made to apologize, and the smirk on his face grew even wider. I wanted to seek revenge again, but even as a child, I could see where revenge had gotten me.

For many years, I thought forgiveness simply meant saying I was sorry, and didn’t understand there’s more to it.

Forgiveness is an active process that benefits me. I’m grateful about what I’ve learned, as it’s offered me the keys to my own freedom.

Many universities and health care institutions have conducted forgiveness research, and reveal myriad health benefits to forgiveness, as well as the personal cost of with-holding it.

When we hold a grudge, or stay angry, we are the ones who bear negative physical, mental, and emotional harm, not the perpetrator.

We each have personal beliefs about what forgiveness is, arising from our families, religion, and the culture we live in. Not all of our beliefs about forgiveness are true and they can only serve to keep us stuck........

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