When someone does something we don’t like, it is more than easy to hold a grudge against them for it. However, it is the very nature of humanity that not everyone will get on all of the time – like it or not, disagreements happen, but it is the way in which we choose to deal with them that really defines us as a person.
Good deeds like sponsoring a childcan help us to become better people. For instance, rather than holding a grudge, sometimes even when the other person isn’t aware you are holding one, it is a much more mature idea to try and forgive them. Of course, finding forgiveness within our hearts isn’t always easy, and it can be extremely difficult to admit to someone that you are willing to forgive them.
Forgive and Forget
Yet forgiveness is beneficial, not just to the pair of you, but to everyone around you. Forgiveness is a positive trait, one which we should embrace and welcome with open arms. We should all do our best to strive towards forgiveness and endeavour to forgive those who need forgiving, both in our personal lives as well as our communities and further out across the world.
Once you have allowed yourself the freedom of mind and the strength of heart to forgive, this will become a regular part of life, helping to shape you into a better and far stronger person. Compassion and empathy are vitally interlinked with forgiveness – together, the three can help you to overcome barriers and work to ensure your continued strength of mind and spirit.
After all, if we are prepared to forgive those who anger or upset us, we are far more likely to then be forgiven by others in turn. This cycle will help us to spread the spirit of forgiveness both to those around us and those who are further afield, alongside the message of compassion, understanding and empathy.
Global Forgiveness Day
The first step towards forgiveness is acceptance – once you are willing to accept that you have been wronged, it is then much easier to work towards allowing yourself to get in the frame of mind to forgive the person. This helps us to work together to move on from the past; overcoming what has hurt us in the past and enabling us to focus on the future instead.
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