Forgiveness is not always easy to give.
There have been several incidents lately where individuals I love have been hurt by others. Some of the incidents have been small while others have been significant. As I watch those that I love be hurt, it is impossible to not have my own feelings regarding the actions which have taken place.
Throughout my life I have often struggled with forgiving those who have hurt people I love. I refer to myself as a Lioness (I’m a Leo by birth), no one hurts those in my tribe without suffering the consequences of a swipe of my paw. There have been more than a few times where I have found myself wanting to shut others out due to their behavior towards my own.
I will admit that sometimes I have acted badly. I’ve reacted to situations rather than responded. Attacked rather than retreated.
People are human and thus, they make mistakes.
Forgiveness does not come easy. Specifically, if there is no apology from the offender. Many times, the offender may feel no apology is necessary.
Forgiveness often takes time to give. One does not easily heal from being wounded or seeing a loved one be wounded. The wounds must heal and the timeframe is different for everyone.
Forgiveness does not always have to be spoken. There may be instances where it is not possible to share with the offended that they are forgiven. Nonetheless, express forgiveness to the universe. It’s important to let go of the hurt emotions.
Forgiveness is necessary in life. If we did not allow the grace of forgiveness, we would be holding onto such negative emotions that we could not appreciate new experiences.
Forgiveness takes time. I have not completed forgiven some of the individuals of their incidents over the past few weeks. Forgiveness is often a work in progress that does not come quickly.
We must forgive ourselves as much as we must forgive others. It is often more difficult to forgive ourselves. It can be a struggle that hinders us.
I’m grateful that forgiveness exists in this world. I’m thankful for those who have forgiven me of the instances when I was the offender and I’m thankful I have the ability to provide forgiveness to others.
Today I encourage you to consider if there is forgiveness you need to provide to someone.
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