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When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it.
-- Margaret Chase Smith


Saturday, May 15, 2004

Forgive and be free

Carrying a grudge can be terribly difficult work that brings you nothing of value. Forgive, and be forever free of that burden. Remaining offended by the words or actions of another can be quite painful and terribly distracting. Forgive, and the pain is suddenly gone for good.

If someone hurts you, if someone wrongs you, do you really want to perpetuate and multiply that damage? Is it really in your best interest to give your time, energy and attention to keeping the pain alive? Forgive, and move on past it. Forgive, and put yourself back in positive control.

Forgiveness does not mean that you allow others to take advantage of you. It simply means that you allow yourself to move positively forward, regardless of what others say or do.

Even if the other person doesn’t deserve it, you deserve the opportunity to leave the pain behind. Forgive, and be free.

— Ralph Marston

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