may, 2022

19mayAll DayPractice Forgiveness

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Close relationships, especially within families, can be fraught with friction, testing our tolerance and willingness to forgive. Holding onto grudges and anger is damaging to the individual who clings stubbornly to these toxic emotions. Resentment is like drinking poison and expecting another person. Nelson Mandela was once asked by an interviewer, “How does a man spend twenty seven years in prison , put there by an oppressor, and come out of the experience with not a heart of stone, not a cold heart but a heart that is willing to forgive and embrace?” Mr. Mandela profoundly stated, “Our hatred for the oppressor was so intense we did not see the value of talking to him.” The reporter continued, “At what point did you see the value of letting go of the hatred and begin the process of talking again?” Mandel’s response was this: “That is a great tragedy to spend the rest of your life in prison, but although it looks ironic there are advantages. If I had not been in prison, I would not have been able to achieve the most difficult task in life and that is changing yourself. The opportunity to sit down and reflect.”

In order to forgive:

Tip #1 – Forgive yourself – first.

Tip #2 – Accept the person for who they are … not what you want them to be.

Tip #3 – Let go of having to be right.

Tip #4 – Let go of needing to punish the other.

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