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Growing Older – Forgiveness

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 Comments

  1. To forgive is to refuse to allow someone to rob you of your joy. Thanks for the reminder about how freeing forgiveness can be.

  2. “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

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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. 🙂

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