Lesson 7: Permission Slip – Forgiveness restores my peace of mind

Forgiveness restores my peace of mind.

 

When I forgive others, I also liberate myself from being weighed down by past events. I wipe the slate clean and start anew.

 

Forgiveness puts me back in control of my life. I focus on my own reactions rather than external events. My resilience increases as I become more skillful at dealing with conflicts and disappointments.

 

Letting go of resentments reduces my anxiety. I know from experience that I commit many actions for which I need to be pardoned. It is important to teach myself that absolution is possible.

 

Most of all, I take pleasure in knowing that I promote healing when I make allowances for mistakes and misjudgments.

 

A tolerant attitude helps me to better understand someone who hurts me. They may be feeling pressured or experiencing great losses.

 

When I respond with kindness rather than anger, we all have the opportunity to grow.

 

Absolution becomes easier and more constructive when I accept accountability for my role in any clashes. I am honest with myself about my shortcomings.

 

Distinguishing between people and their actions helps me to protect my own welfare while turning the other cheek. I understand I can feel affection and concern for others without condoning behavior that contradicts my values.

 

Forgiveness becomes more automatic as I rejoice in the good feelings it brings.

 

Today, I throw away grudges from the past. I enjoy the peace of mind that comes with extending forgiveness.

 

Self-Reflection Questions:

 

  1. What are the barriers that make it difficult for me to forgive?
  2. How does forgiveness make me happier?
  3. Is there one person I could choose to forgive today?

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