GREAT Morning Everybody!
“Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.” – Marianne Williamson
Peace requires forgiveness. No matter what has been done or said that pains you or the people you love, forgiveness MUST be generated. I once heard somebody say that holding onto resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. Resentment serves no purpose and literally speeds up the aging process as it shortens one’s own life span! Recently, I was let down by a once, very close friend. After a bit of self-reflection, I realized that the betrayal I experienced had nothing to do with me and everything to do with this other human being. The actions this individual committed imply that he is a sad and depressed soul who is in need of love, healing and kindness. While I do not condone his actions or agree with his reckless behavior, I DO forgive him.
I forgive not to release this person of any pain or discomfort, but to release my own mental from the unnecessary angst, hate, bitterness, and torment that comes with holding onto resentment. Life is too short to stay angry with others. It is too short to hold grudges and promote feelings of bitterness for an individual who “wronged” you. Rather, love is the answer to all of life’s problems. Love solves all issues. As does truth. Truth, honesty, and compassion are the ingredients to a fulfilling life. Moreover, all of those who consciously choose to live in a space of darkness, lies, and deceit will inevitably experience the painful and heavy energy that comes with these costly decisions.
In The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, Don implores his readers to NEVER take things personally (the 2nd agreement). Everybody is going through their own battles, dealing with their own demons, trying to find their own way. There is no fault in this. How others treat you is not a reflection of who you are as a person. Rather, it is a reflection of who they are and what they are going through.
There does not need to be any animosity, gossip, or hate for those who one no longer associates with. By letting go of everything that no longer serves you, you allow the Universe to bless you with peace, growth and progression. As we release from negative emotions, we let truth and light flood our entire being.
Remember, we have a finite amount of experiences left on this planet. Spend them wisely.
Enjoy what comes of today!