What does forgiveness mean to you? When do you stop accepting the “I’m sorry”? Does it mean forgetting? Do you always have to forgive someone else in order to forgive?
When was the last time you said you forgive YOURSELF?!
All to often we hold onto grudges and wrong doings because we do not want to forgive those who have wronged us. It is okay to not allow them to hurt you again however giving them space in your heart and mind is not okay. You do not have to accept their apology but you do have to forgive yourself for not knowing what you do now. For allowing yourself to be hurt but learning to be stronger because of it.
Years ago I read a quote somewhere and it has stuck with me all this time. I do not always remember to use it but it is worth remembering.
Just because you forgive someone does not mean that you have to keep them in your life. It does not mean you have to forget the pain and hurt. We all learn to apologize as children but seem to forget the concept as we grow into adults.
Today you need to sit down and forgive yourself for what others have done to you. For YOU not for them. For your future not theirs. You need to forgive yourself for the things you have not learned yet as well. Everyday we grow and learn something new.
Don’t let your past dictate who you will become in the future. You can still grow up and be whatever you want!