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Henry Ward Beecher
Until we have seen someone's darkness, we don't really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone's darkness, we don't really know what love is.
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.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
L. Thomas Holdcroft
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’
ForgivenessSubmitted by Anonymous
It is a hard thing to forgive people. My best friend and I had a recent argument and we decided not talk over the summer. For me it is really hard to not talk to her. She hurt me and I hurt her. The way we hurt each other is that we pressed each others buttons really well. I am not sure how to fix the problem. I...
Never Undersestimate The Power Of Single Parenting SkillsSubmitted by Linda
I had neighbors that were not mean to my children and I, yet while inside their apartment (down stairs and under my family) the talking was so loud that we could hear negative language. The language was racist. Several times my children, and myself had to explain to the family/younger generation/that the...
Forgive And GrowSubmitted by Anonymous
Forgiving, I feel, is easy. Forgetting the experience that comes prior to the forgiveness, however, always remains with us. Choosing to forgive means choosing to let go of the bad or negative emotions that one experiences so that we can live in peace and harmony. Five years ago I went through a painful...
Stories About Everyday Heroes Who Portray ‘Forgiveness’
David BagleySubmitted by Cindy Bagley
My Anthem... I would respectfully like to share my story with you. It is about surviving, healing, faith and forgiveness. And somewhere in this journey I have discovered a police officer I never thought I was or could be. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to turn life’s light on. I have seen this road many times;...
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.
Mercedes CSubmitted by Manuel Romani
My mother, Mercedes Coronado, who most know as "Meche" is my hero, not because she has special powers but because she is the most amazing person I have ever met. I honestly believe that she has the biggest heart in the world, my mother is not much of a emotional talker but she says so much with her actions. This...
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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