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.