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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.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
François Duc De La Rochefoucauld
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sincere forgiveness isn't colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don't worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time
As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.
Little, vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies.
It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.
Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.
L. Thomas Holdcroft
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Personal Stories About ‘Forgiveness’
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...
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...
Please Accept My ApologySubmitted by Anonymous
You probably remember me from the other day. I was the one who reacted very slowly to the green traffic light. When you honked your horn, I realized I was holding up traffic, so please accept my apology. However, I do want you to know why I seemed in a daze. You see, I was just at the doctor's office getting the...
Stories About Everyday Heroes Who Portray ‘Forgiveness’
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...
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.
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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