Sometimes forgiving others is easy. If someone forgets something small and it won’t hurt anything to get or do what ever it was another time, no biggie. It’s another matter if it’s something important needed for a deadline at work, or for a significant event. Rarely is it a HUGE deal though. Often there’s a work-around.
But what about those who harm you? How hard is it to forgive them….and should you?
As the quote above says….yes, but not for them. It doesn’t condone their behavior in any way either.
It’s another aspect of the letting go attitude of mindfulness. When you forgive, you are no longer holding on to the anger and pain caused by their harm, and that negative energy is released. Then, the negative won’t have that hold on you.
The negative energy is from the Bad Wolf. When it’s gone, then you can focus on feeding the Good Wolf. When you feed the Good Wolf, you will be able to be more positive, and bring your best self into all you do.
As far as my 2 ex’s go; ex #1 I rarely even think about. Forgave him his controlling actions long ago. Ex #2 is the father of my girls, so I still have to (for now anyway) deal with him. I have forgiven his abuse from the past, but I will not stand for anything going forward. Our court ordered coparenting counselor posits that as we are no longer married, anything he says or does is no longer considered abuse…that my calling it so gives him power. What are your thoughts on the subject?