It would be very obvious to post today about giving thanks since it is Thanksgiving after all–Happy Thanksgiving, by the way. But I’ve been giving thanks all month and that would not be a challenge for me. Instead, today is about another type of giving.
Today’s challenge: Practice forgiving. Wherever you can let someone or something off the hook. Even better, let yourself off the hook and see where that leaves you.
Forgiveness is an interesting concept. Many people feel that forgiveness is something that you give to others and often withhold it to punish others for transgressions. Consider that forgiveness is a gift that you give yourself.
Punishing others is like taking poison & hoping someone else will die. When you forgive, you release yourself from prison. You don’t have to keep living in the transgression or the reaction to it.
This a practice that I have to concentrate on since, unchecked, I can hold a grudge. Forever. I have to remind myself of what life was like without the burden of upset. To keep up this practice, I’ll have to literally keep my eye on the prize, constantly reminding myself of the life I want to live and what I have to shed to live it. I’ll do what it takes.
Today’s victory: I spent time with a friend who I’ve had a tough time forgiving and I began to let go and was gracious with her.
Gratitude: I am grateful for the open hearts, home, family, food and welcome I experience this Thanksgiving Day.
On the horizon: Flowing
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mmmmmm, you said it tess! i can also hold a grudge quite well if left unchecked. i’m very proud to say i’ve forgiven 2 people this year completely (1 being my dad *phew*), 2 more to go!
That is awesome! Forgiving our parents is the ultimate. You can’t be free if they’re not. Go Jen!! Can’t wait to hear about the others.