“Forgive them even if they are not sorry. Holding on to anger only hurts you, not them.”

Holding a grudge gives no joy and only causes more pain. My family has a long history of holding grudges, the principle of turning the other cheek was obviously never taught on my family tree.

“Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free.”

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, is more than just a biblical principle it’s a lesson to be taught through the generations.

“Forgive and forget”

This is one of the hardest principles for me to follow, I can forgive but forgetting something that hurt you is another story. The hardest thing for me to forgive and that I still haven’t forgotten was my sisters need to be less disabled than I was. We both have the same progression rate, but because of my snake bite I was worse. I guess it made her feel better, reminding me of the fact that I was sicker than she was. I have forgiven her, but will never forget how hurtful that was. At the same time I didn’t blame her because people deal with certain things in different ways than others and maybe that was her way of handling her own incredibly scary disease. My point in this story is you may not always understand pain that others cause and forgiveness may not erase the memories, but can give you a new beginning.

“To err is human, to forgive divine.”

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