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Rather than admit a mistake, nations have gone to war, families have separated, and good people have sacrificed everything dear to them. Admitting that you were wrong is just another way of saying that you are wiser today than yesterday.
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. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Since nothing we intend is ever faultless, and nothing we attempt ever without error, and nothing we achieve without some measure of finitude and fallibility we call humanness, we are saved by forgiveness.
François Duc De La Rochefoucauld
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Personal Stories About ‘Forgiveness’
True ForgivenessSubmitted by Anonymous
I guess I can hold a grudge for 30 years or more! It was the 70's and when I was 5 my parents divorced. My mom had a good reason to divorce my dad and I knew all about it, even though I was really too young to handle this information. Suddenly this stay at home mom was a single parent of five kids. Of course...
My Friend And ISubmitted by Diamond
One day my friend and I were at school. We were having a good time until she was talking about me. She said I was short. I was very sad. I came to her and said, "why were you talking about me?" She said she wasn’t. I told her that saw you and heard you. She said she was sorry. She said, "do you forgive me?", I...
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...
Stories About Everyday Heroes Who Portray ‘Forgiveness’
Annie BSubmitted by Abby Burns
Annie brings joy to my life. Every day that I see her she makes me smile. She is extremely smart and beautiful. annie always helps me out and is always there for me. She always makes me feel good and tells me to never give up. We have many fun memories together. I Love Annie.
Felicia SSubmitted by LIsa Smith
I want to introduce my daughter Felicia Smith. She was my second daughter and grew up to be a kind, generous, loving young woman. She was bullied in school yet was always kind sweet and gentle. She never had an unkind word or took action against her tormentors. On December 2, 2010 she made the drastic decision to...
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.
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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