“One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to FORGIVE everybody everything every night before going to bed” ~ Bernard Burach
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong” ~ Mahatma Ghandi
“Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were” ~Cherie Carter-Scott
“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness” ~ Robert Muller
My family has a very, very difficult time with forgiveness. They also have issues with very stubbornly insisting that the person who is innocent, is the mean, terrible one–while the one who very cleverly set me up to fall right into her trap and I can’t say anything to make my family believe me. They want nothing to do with me. It frustrates me beyond belief. But I refuse to live an angry, bitter life because someone else has made the choice to sabotage my happiness. So I forgive my mother and father–I can’t have a normal relationship with them while this lie is up in the air, and if that means until the day I die or they die I must stay away from them, that is what I will do.
Take it from me…refusing to forgive someone important in your life for something that is over and done with, is very unhealthy for you, your children (if applicable) and the other party involved. Don’t allow bitterness and anger to eat at your soul for the rest of your life; if you think you’re hurting the other person, think again: you’re hurting yourself more than anyone.