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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Forgiveness



I can't think of anything more beautiful than dedicating my life to bettering myself, learning to love all that I am, and sharing that mindset with others. A life full of self-discovering, sharing, community, and love.

I realize how I want to live every time I write, and the potential that words have to heal us. Strengthen us. Guide us to exactly where we need to be, even if we don't want to go there.

For me that place lately has been forgiveness.

Everything we have to endure has a purpose, I believe that whole heartedly. When we face our trials with the question, "what am I going to learn from this?" and "how is this going to make me grow?" we are better off.

I am learning each day about forgiveness. Learning about it and practicing it. Learning that because of forgiveness, I will get to be more of my truest self. Practicing forgiveness because I want to see that change.

Yesterday, I sat still in my sister's room, listening to music and taking a moment to be silent. Running through my affirmations, think of the person I am. Thinking about how forgiving those who have hurt me isn't for them, it's for me.

I wrote this in my journal:

Forgiveness isn't about the other person. It's not about making them feel good and forgetting what happened. Forgiveness is about you, letting go of the power they have had over you. It's about taking back control over your life.

When I was a teen I read a quote by Augusten Burroughs that read, “And I began to let him go. Hour by hour. Days into months. It was a physical sensation, like letting out the string of a kite. Except that the string was coming from my center.”

Forgiveness sets us free. It doesn't mean we forget. It doesn't mean we give our strength back to the person who made us feel weak. It means we finally decide that we love ourselves more than any hate or hurt that has been done to us.

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend. Love yourself more than those who have hurt you. Love yourself enough to forgive them, so you can be free.

xoxo.

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