“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned. ” -Buddha
Rethink Your Definition of Forgiveness
You might think that forgiveness is about the following:
- Condoning what the other person did.
- Giving in.
- Turning the other cheek.
- Pretending that nothing happened or that it really wasn’t such a big deal.
- Admitting that your anger isn’t justified or that you’re not entitled to it.
- Forcing yourself to get along with someone who you feel may hurt you again.
If so, then you’re probably going to be very reluctant to forgive. And with good reason. Instead, try changing your definition of forgiveness to the following:
- Forgiveness is about freeing up and putting to better use the energy that is being consumed by holding on to grudges, harbouring resentments, and nursing old wounds.
- Forgiveness is about moving…
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