Forgiveness is not a duty or a chore.
It is an act of self-love – a gift we give to ourselves, more than to any other.
Picking at old wounds keeps them raw. Forgiveness allows old wounds to heal.
To live without forgiveness is to carry the burden of pain, anger and suffering for a lifetime.
To live without forgiveness is to let the pain of the past taint and sully both our present and our future.
To live without forgiveness is to live without peace or happiness; to dwell in a self-made hell.
To live without forgiveness is to remain a willing participant to the chain of pain that enslaves humanity – to continue to hurt others, simply because we ourselves have been hurt.
To live without forgiveness is to doom ourselves and our species to eternal suffering.
Forgiveness is not a duty or a chore, but a matter of survival.
Only through forgiveness can we free ourselves and humanity.
We can break the chain of pain. We have the power.
Through forgiveness we can transform our own lives and the planet we live on.
Just like loving, forgiveness is an imperative, because to not love or not forgive is to create a reality that is far too painful to bear. And it is all so very unnecessary.
Why continue to suffer when you alone keep yourself there? Why, when you hold the key to your prison of pain?
Yes, forgiveness takes courage, but forgiveness need not be difficult or complicated.
All it takes is a willingness – a willingness to let go of the hurt and the resentment; a willingness to let go of the suffering and to reach for something new.
All it takes is a decision to focus on the here and now, instead of the past.
Anyone can learn to forgive and it’s never too late.
Just take that first step today. Take a deep breath and do it now.
Choose life. Choose to forgive. Be free.