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There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.
It is a very delicate job to forgive a man, without lowering him in his own estimation, and yours too.
Josh Billings [Henry Wheeler Shaw]
You don't have to accept the invitation to get angry. Instead, practice forgiveness, empathy and encouragement.
Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again.
Josh Billings [Henry Wheeler Shaw]
Henry Ward Beecher
Before you can live a part of you has to die. You have to let go of what could have been, how you should have acted and what you wish you would have said differently. You have to accept that you can’t change the past experiences, opinions of others at that moment in time or outcomes from their choices or yours. When you finally recognize that truth, then you will understand the true meaning of forgiveness of yourself and others. From this point you will finally be free.
Shannon L. Alder
Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
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Personal Stories About ‘Forgiveness’
Friendship And ForgivenessSubmitted by Avery
Sometimes you have to forgive people for their mistakes. A long time ago, my friend Jessica betrayed me. She started hanging out with some girls that were really mean to me. Every day I would walk up to her and say hello and she would ignore me. One day these girls starting saying very mean things about me and...
Why Did You Tell?Submitted by
One time I was sitting there sad. Then a girl came up to me and started chatting with me. Then we became friends the next day. I told her all of my secrets. I went to school happy and everyone look at me and laugh. They told me about some of my secrets that I never share with them. Then I thought for a while and...
Forgiveness Is BlissSubmitted by David Judd
When I was a sophomore in high school, I will admit that against all better judgment, I was a total player. I had a new girlfriend every two weeks. About half way through the year, though, I met a girl who I could honestly say that I wanted to stay with for a while. Near the end of the year, we were possibly the...
Stories About Everyday Heroes Who Portray ‘Forgiveness’
Nelson MSubmitted by Cissy
My hero is Nelson Mandela who taught me to forgive and not have grudges against each other. This has helped me to live a happy and fulfilled life. You don't have to be angry at someone for something they did to you. Let the past be the past and then you are healed and can live a happy life. Thank you.
Starr CSubmitted by David Corbett
Starr is my dad who died in 1985. He is my friend and hero. His plans always included me. We always worked and hunted together creating many wonderful memories. No matter what foolish or stupid thing I did, he always loved me and forgave me and I knew it. I miss him so much.
Parvathy KSubmitted by Prashanth
Parvathy is my mom. When she was a student she got 1st rank in all classes. Her family was so poor they weren't even able to pay my mom's fees. When the principal came to know, she gave a free education to my mom. She is the state first in 10th and in 12th. She married when she was 24, she had a good husband too....
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my parents recently divorced. i'm 14, and im old enough to understand their divorce was not about me or my sister. however, he has been abusive both physically and emotionally to me and my mother for as long as i can remember... i even called the cops on him once. he lives a few minutes away now in an apartment, but i havent gone to visit him at all since the divorce 2 weeks ago. i hope i can find it in my heart to forgive him like my sister has, but its so hard.
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Forgiveness is a trait everyone needs because its what holds the country's of the world together. People should always learn to forgive and forget, because forgiveness allows you to move on to better things to greater dreams and stronger relationships.
Lila , Curtis MI usa
Your life experience IS what it IS and ISN'T what it ISN'T - so don't make your life experience what it ISN'T...ie...don't turn your life experience into marvelous dramas or into horror stories. EMBRACE life - LOVE it - LIVE it! (forgive and forget what you can't) You'll be surprised what a difference it makes!
Les Coughran, Camas WA
Forgiveness is hard, but you have to take the simplest step first, that is to be willing to have a relationship.do you want to be right or do you want to have a relationship?
When we are able to accept that we don't have to be perfect, we can move towards more consistently forgiving ourselves. Doing so allows us to be more vulnerable and our defenses naturally come down. When defenses come down, we are able to relate more authentically with our fellow human beings. Out of this type of relating comes joy, love and peace.
Ben G, Brisbane, CA
Forgiveness releases us to be healthy.
Bruce Willingham, Warner Robins, Ga
Being forgiven is love. Forgiving oneself is empowering, and may be the first step toward learning to love by healing the actions of the head and revealing the truth of the heart.
Forgiveness is a cleansing of the heart
"Forgiveness means mustering up the courage to free yourself from the monsters that are holding you back--anger and resentment."
Antonio Martins, SA, TX
ya, its in the act of forgiving where we learn important lessons in life. it's actually another starting point of a stronger relationship.
broz joseph tito, philippines
Como diria a música de Ludmila Ferber: "É preciso pedir e dar perdão, é preciso perder pra ganhar". How would the music of Ludmila Ferber: "You have to ask and give forgiveness, you must lose to win."
Anderson de Sousa Almeida, Colatina - ES, Brasil
Forgiveness is something that you can't pretend to do, you can say you forgive a person but you must mean it with everything inside of you.
My boyfriend forgave me for cheating on him. But I haven't yet forgiven myself.
Forgiveness sets you free! It allows for hope to return to you and the person forgiven to not enslave you.
Lauri Miller Molnar, Akron/Canton Ohio
Forgiveness brings more peace to your soul than to the person you forgave. Anger and resentment hold you back, forgiveness moves you forward.
Forgiveness is one's own release from anger and fear.
Gloria W, Fresno, CA
Forgiveness cannot be earned or achieved by the wrongdoer--it can only be granted or given by the one done wrong.
Mark Anthony DiBello, The City of Angels
Forgiveness makes the heart softer, it heals and gives us freedom from hurt. Live life joyfully.
Carolejane B, West Hartford, CT
I agree that forgiveness is hard to do. However, holding on to anger or pain for a lifetime is more difficult.
Natalie G, Garden Grove. CA