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- It's more than saying "sorry."
- And, more seriously, the most succinct reason for forgiveness I've heard is that not forgiving is like offering someone rat poison and then realizing the person you made the offer to is you, because the thing you don't forgive has the power to begin consuming you from inside.
Spiritual teacher/guru, Rob Bell, had an awesome ~4 part forgiveness series on his podcast, The Robcast. I think it was sometime from last year. It says everything any of us could say about forgiveness, only 1000 times better.
But I'll leave with this: Learning to forgive myself was as powerful a thing of transformation as any in my life. Learning to forgive those who are no longer around to be forgiven was also powerful. Learning to forgive and cut ties from those whom I no longer need to spend the emotional or mental energy on, while yet protecting myself from their ongoing bad influence or abuse, was also powerful. Learning to accept that I can change and ask others for forgiveness, but they have the power to not give it and cut ties with me was also freeing, as it allows me to change who I am yet not be attached to the guilt of who I've been.
As Bugs Bunny would say, "That's all folks."
I forgive TheForge his sins. He should be welcomed back.
I forgive you for thinking Tibbsy is Tibbs.
Ha. Have you read his recent posts? Classic Tibbs.
Also Sally vouched for him, so I believe.
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There are a few ex-girlfriends that I would like to apologize to. I never mistreated them, but I was selfish and didn't adequately return the love that they showed to me.
Hashtag, the 70's were really good to me