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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.
Life means to have something definite to do—a mission to fulfilled—and in the measure in which we avoid setting our life to something, we make it empty. Human life, by its very nature, has to be dedicated to something.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
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.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive injury.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
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Personal Stories About ‘Forgiveness’
Choosing To ForgiveSubmitted by Anonymous
No one likes to talk about forgiveness, because for most people I think it has a religious connotation. But the dictionary definition of "forgive" is "to stop feeling angry or resentful towards something." And I'm sure many people have managed to do that. I know I have, and I know how hard it is. To let go of...
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...
Misleading AppearanceSubmitted by Anonymous
That was an unusually dark winter night. I was on my way home from work on the ghastly quiet road of my hometown. I drove my bicycle alone. It was midnight when I finished my third shift. Winter wind kept tapping my face as I tried to rush home. Suddenly, I noticed one man with a long hair, riding behind me...
Stories About Everyday Heroes Who Portray ‘Forgiveness’
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....
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...
Glen WSubmitted by
This is the story of my youngest son, Glen, who is no longer with us. He passed away almost seven years ago and would have been almost 20 years old had he lived. He was a boy filled with belief for anyone and everyone. He couldn't find bad in anyone, he only saw the good. I learned many things from him, and after...
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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