1. I can’t remember the exact expression, but the sentiments have never left me. Refusing to forgive is like taking posion and waiting for the other person to die. As we hang on to our anger and resentment the other person rarely suffers the pain we feel. We posion ourselves and wonder why nothing happens to create the justice we expect.

    Forgiveness frees us from our past. It does not excuse what happened it helps us move forward from it in peace. By letting go we get the freedom to move forward instead of being trapped and punished by what was done to us.

  2. What folks fail to realize is that being shackled to the past, they are bound and determined to keep repeating it. If one did not enjoy it the first time, why the desire for repetition?

    Thanks for sharing. Unburdening is exhilerating!

  3. This is an art I have to practice daily. You see, my father abused me the first 12 years of my life. Later in life I found out he was not my biological father. My anger then went towards my mother for lying to me my whole life. She was supposed to take care of me. I found my real father, only 6 months later for him to tell me he was not man enough to tell his family of his illegitimate daughter. My anger built up so much it landed me in a shrinks office and medicated. My past haunts me even no. Even though I have to deal with the trauma of my past, I had to let go of the anger and find forgiveness within me or I was never going to be free of my past. It is hard, but if I can do it, anyone can.

  4. The Christians and the Buddhists have found the secret key for forgiving and unshackling our past! It is through “letting go” and the “transforming of our minds” daily that we can achieve it. That’s the secret which I would like to share with all the others who face similar problems. It is easier said than done. But take heed. If I can do it, YOU CAN TOO!

  5. Very heart wrenching lesson- forgiving and moving on. My brother is struggling with this right now. Let’s just say he thinks his life right now is messed up because of the way our grandfather treated our Dad, which made our Dad treat us the same. He cannot get past that. He wants Dad to got to a therapist with him, but my Dad won’t go. My sisters and I have learned to put the past behind us, move on and let God do the rest.
    Keep your chin up. God is on your side!

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