The older I get, the less emotional baggage I want to carry with me, so at this point in life I have learned to pick my battles carefully and let go of those I no longer want to own. I have realized that some “injustices” need to be released because holding on to them is simply doing me harm, physically and emotionally. I value my own well-being more. It also helps me to remember that forgiveness does not mean that you have to forget.
In addition, my slowly-acquired awareness that the “injustice” says more about the perpetrator than about me, has allowed me to move on. Do I really want to “sink” to their level? Neither am I so quick now to “perceive” an injustice and attribute intention to another. I don’t really know what is going on in their head…perhaps it’s just my perception and they never intended it the way I took it.
I trust in my belief that God (the universe) is ultimately fair so why would I waste my time plotting some type of revenge? It will be dealt with in its own time and place. I am happier to live peacefully by focusing on the positives in life.
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8 thoughts on “Growing Older – Forgiveness”
To forgive is to refuse to allow someone to rob you of your joy. Thanks for the reminder about how freeing forgiveness can be.
You are very welcome! 🙂
“I have realized that some “injustices” need to be released because holding on to them is simply doing me harm, physically and emotionally.” – Absolutely! Forgiveness releases the victim in so many ways. XO
It certainly does! Thanks for dropping by Valerie! 🙂
You might like my poem The Forgiveness Window which is in the Poetry se tion of my site…
Thanks for stopping by, Candia. I will check out your poem. 🙂
Not sure why it takes us so long to come around to such simple liberating wisdom. You are ahead of us. =)
I think it’s a product of aging, as much as anything. I appreciate your comment. 🙂