If you live long enough and fully enough you are going to hurt someone or someone is going to hurt you. It is an inseparable component of the human experience. What we do with that experience defines both who we are and how our story plays out thereafter. Sometimes- but not all the time- forgiveness is in order. But forgiveness is not forgetting and those two separate states of mind should not be fused together as popular folklore has taught us since we were kids on the playground. You forgive your puppy for chewing up your favorite shoe but you certainly do not forget that he did it.
Forgiveness has nothing to do with losing track of what you have done to someone or what someone has done to you. Forgiveness is letting go of the possibility that the past can or will ever change and moving forward on your life’s journey unburdened by that expectation. Forgiveness is giving yourself the freedom to move on. There are many enlightened perspectives on forgiveness and this is mine.
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