Original oil by Rachael Inch
"Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself."
Its ironic really, when you have been hurt we are told to forgive to grow as people. But how do you forgive when you are hurting so badly?
A great friend once said to me that when you acknowledge that pain and say "ouch" that hurts. Acknowledge why you are hurting and then forgive because you are only hurting yourself, then you can truelly grow as a person.
The price we pay for keeping our pain and heavy negativity is too high.
Too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person, but it is really for ourselves.
Of all the things we can give other people in life, forgiveness is one of those that require the most effort.
Discouraging and spiteful words and actions from other people can only have the desired effect if you want them to. Give yourself the pleasure of a free spirit.
When we take vengeance on people whom we think have done us an injustice, we will only end up bitter and resentful.
Each day has opportunities for us to let go of or hold on to grudges. So the choice is yours at the end of the day... are you going to keep holding on to the bug thats making you sick or are you going to forgive and let go?