“To err is human. To forgive, divine.”
When I posed some upcoming episode ideas on Instagram stories, forgiveness was one of the ones that drew the most attention. And I can understand why, because it’s an incredibly complicated and complex issue for so many of us.
Not only that, but it takes a great deal of strength to forgive someone who isn’t sorry and to accept an apology you’re never going to get. Harder still is forgiving yourself for the things you did when you didn’t know any differently.
Forgiveness is ultimately for ourselves. It’s for us. Many times, the people we are going to either want or need to forgive may not ever hear or comprehend the forgiveness and what it took to get there
Forgiveness isn’t found, it’s earned. It’s hard work. It’s not for the faint of heart. It takes massive strength and new levels of compassion, and forgiveness requires you to stare in the face of your own mistakes and take a hard look at what you may have spent most of your life avoiding.
This episode covers a lot of ground and is going to push you to challenge yourself. Some of the topics covered:
“Psychologists generally define forgiveness as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.”
Steps to Take Towards Forgiveness:
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