Jack Kornfield says, “Forgiveness is giving up all hope of a better past.” In that sense, forgiveness is really not about someone’s harmful behavior; it’s about our own relationship with our past. When we begin the work of forgiveness, it is primarily a practice for ourselves.
—–Gina Sharpe, for Tricycle
I liken forgiveness to cleaning out an old closet with all its junk such as boxes that haven’t been opened in years, and old clothes from the 70’s. It is hard to let things go, but when you do, it is liberating, and it makes room for other things in your life. Forgiveness is a cleansing act.
Hanging on to grudges and offenses takes a lot of energy, and the one who suffers most is the one who won’t let go of them.
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