Each day that we are on this earth, we can choose to be filled with love, positive attitudes and thoughts or we can be filled with anger, bitterness and prejudices. We make the choice.
It is important to learn to forgive, both others and ourselves. Forgiveness brings about healing in mind, body and soul. Forgiveness brings us peace, which has a great impact on our health. However it takes time.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.” When you learn to let go of your grudges and no longer seek to make the other pay for what they did or didn’t do to you, you begin to grow and heal.
Forgiveness does not mean you condone another person’s actions or just forget about it. It does mean that you except that the other person is an imperfect human being just as you are, but maybe in a different way. You must make a decision to forgive and that requires courage and hard work. This action sometimes involves you taking a risk. It involves letting go of past hurts and resentments. In doing this you must make your heart bigger and move on.
The human heart has an almost unbounded capacity for forgiveness. Nelson Mandela gave us a lesson in forgiveness when he said, “you must not allow hate to fester in your brain. You can never allow racism, hatred and bitterness to rent space in your head.” After all Mandela endured in the years of fighting apartheid and surviving prison, he forgave all those who had attempted to destroy him.
To imagine life without forgiveness would be unbearable. We would be chained to the sufferings of the past. We must return love for hatred.