Who among us is perfect? As human beings, is it possible for us to be perfect creatures who never make mistakes? No, it is not possible. We may live our lives the best we can and try not to harm anyone, but we are not perfect and to expect perfection in ourselves and others is not a realistic or healthy expectation.
We strive to be the best we can, but when we make mistakes, we must acknowledge and learn from them. We must try not to make the same mistake twice. We love ourselves enough to forgive ourselves. Therefore, as we know, we can make mistakes and need to forgive ourselves when we make them. We must also forgive others when they make mistakes and have offended us in some way.
There are times when you may have done something inadventently to hurt someone that you love. I don’t think anyone deliberately sets out to hurt someone they love, but it can happen, often without any intention. When this happens, you are probably hardest on yourself when you have realized what you have done. You are your worst judge and jury, and you may find it difficult to forgive yourself. However, you must forgive yourself and ask the forgiveness of the person you have offended. Even if that person decides not to forgive you, you must forgive yourself and not harbor any ill feelings or bitterness in your heart. Bitterness, resentment, and anger tears you down. Forgiveness builds you back up, and fills your heart with joy and hope, and enables you to be the best you can be.
Forgive someone today who has hurt you. It may be difficult to forgive that person but if you do, you will free yourself from your negative feelings. Your heart will soar, and be full of joy and peace. Everyone deserves a second chance. Everyone.
With deepest warmth,
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