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…And To Forgive Divine

Article by Emma O’Connor

Forgiveness is typically defined as the process of concluding resentment, indignation or anger as a result of a perceived offense, difference or mistake, and ceasing to demand punishment or restitution. [1]

It is abundantly clear that none of us are perfect and will therefore all come to a place in our lives where we need to forgive someone.

So do we forgive for others or for ourselves? I believe from a mental, emotional, and even physical point of view we actually need to forgive for ourselves. Forgiving someone else openly may help them in the process of self-forgiveness but that is really up to them. The effect forgiveness has on us when we can completely let go is profound. It can make us happier, remove stress, physical pain and strain, and even open our lives up to new opportunities and more abundance. We are in effect completely letting go of a past event and allowing ourselves to move on.

It is a general perception that forgiveness is a ‘pardon’ for a wrongdoing or an acceptance of poor behavior but this is inaccurate. It is not about making what happened OK, but making you OK with what happened. True forgiveness is about completely letting go for yourself and no longer allowing the past to hurt your life.

Don’t get me wrong, forgiveness is not easy, it is often more ‘comforting’ to sit with feelings of resentment and a need for retribution, but where does that get us? In the end this hurts us more. It often seems less frightening to hold onto what we know than to jump into the unknown and let go…..and we end up missing out on life.

It is clear that forgiveness is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves.

About the Author

My most important job is that of MUM to my two beautiful boys, and as wife to my very best friend. I have a passion for family, traveling and photography, and I am also a professional blog writer. As a mum and a traveler, running my own business from home suits me perfectly. I can do business from the comfort of my lounge after the kids are asleep, or from the beach, cafe….. wherever there is wifi. All i need is a laptop or an iphone. Its fantastic!!:)

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