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Forgiveness is choosing to love. It is the first skill of self-giving love.
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi
 

 

Thursday, February 27, 1997

Forgiveness

How much time and energy do you spend carrying a grudge? What does it get you? Does it improve your life, or the lives of others?

Forgiveness is very liberating. When you blame others for your troubles, you give them control over your life. Being able to forgive, to let it go, puts you back in control.

Of course you don’t want to let people take advantage of you. But if someone has already harmed you or slighted you, there’s no need to continue making it worse for yourself by fretting and worrying about it. When someone cuts you off on the freeway, it’s a bad experience. Should you make it worse by fuming and complaining about it for the rest of the day? Take what you can from it, learn from it, and then let it go.

Let it go, and get on with your life. Turning the other cheek benefits you more than anyone else.

— Ralph Marston

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