Forgiveness is probably one of the hardest concepts to ever truly grasp and practice.
When you've been burned by someone the hardest thing for you to do is truly forgive them.
These days people say "I'm sorry" as nonchalantly as people say "Good Morning"- routinely and insincerely.
What people don't realize is just how powerful and important forgiveness really is.
Recently I had gone through something with someone and it hurt me. This person who I thought was my friend and who truly cared did something very hurtful.
At first, like most people I was sad about it. And then as time went on I went from being sad to being angry.
All my time and energy was spent on thinking about and focusing on this person and what they had done and how much it hurt.
There were moments where I was completely consumed with ideas of revenge and anger.
And then one day I was talking to a friend and she suggest that I watch a clip on youtube.
So I checked out the clip and it was one about forgiveness. In the clip the protagonist said something that truly stuck with me. They said(loosely quoted), that forgiving someone is the most important thing to do. When you forgive someone you are letting what they did to you go. Until you forgive someone you can never really move on and improve yourself. While the person that did you wrong has moved on and is happy with their lives your still hung up on them and what they did to do.
Here I was, weeks later hung up on this person and what they had done to me and they were going about their merry selves!
And that's when it hit me-forgiveness is one of the most selfish acts you can ever do. It allows you to let go of what ever excess negativity that is dragging you down and move on with YOUR LIFE.
When you can truly forgive someone you take with you all the good and leave behind the bad. You wish them well and all the best and most importantly you MOVE ON.
It takes a lot to forgive someone and it is in no way easy but know that once you can truly forgive someone, the benefits will start to roll right in.
I took a que from what I had heard and was able to forgive and it sure felt good. I encourage you all to do the same.
P.S. Here's a great song about forgiveness- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKriei3PZug&feature=related