I was reading our local newspaper and was struck by an article about the Hawaii Forgiveness Project. It was started by a group of businesspeople and lawyers who meet once a month during the busy workweek to step back and encourage forgiveness, gratitude, and compassion. What an amazing concept! Anyone can attend their meetings for inspiration on letting go of the past and moving forward in life. One of the quotes in the article really spoke to me,
“If you don’t forgive someone, at some point it is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die”
How different would your life be if you forgave the small annoyances (that person that cut you off in traffic, someone who was rude to you on the phone) or let go of the hurt and pain of long-standing grievances with family members or friends? I know my life would be transformed. There are some hurts that I don’t even realize I’ve held onto, until something or someone triggers a response. I’m really good at “forgetting” or sweeping things under the rug, until they rear their ugly heads. I’m going to try to practice active forgiveness in my daily life, along with prayer to help keep me on track 🙂
You can learn more about the Hawaii Forgiveness Project at http://www.hawaiiforgivenessproject.com
Is forgiveness something that comes naturally to you or are you one who holds a grudge? What are some areas in your life where you would like to forgive?