Giving the Gift of Forgiveness
We "have a right" to say and do as we please and we are proud of that right. Yet when our actions, or our interactions with others yield less than positive results, we are quick to disown our role, blaming the outward actions for causing our internal distress and unhappiness.
Over time, our sense of self is betrayed by this ongoing game of delusion. Feeling depressed from this betrayal or anger we lose sight of our inner voice. We spend an inordinate amount of time ruminating about the negativity in our lives and this deepens feelings of anger, self-doubt and fear, leading to a feeling of helplessness and lack of control. We continue to look outward to find a reason for the way we feel, for the way our life is going.
One of the greatest and most difficult lessons to be learned in life is forgiveness. Until we can forgive ourselves and others, we will continue to harbor a negative force that destroys our inner peace and causes our life to be out of balance. Learning to forgive is an integral part of living a life that can be filled with happiness.
Forgiveness not only acknowledges the fallibility of our actions and those of others, but allows us to move on, to be in the present, and not in the past. In forgiveness comes the realization that we are each responsible for our own actions and reactions to life's events.