Here is another chapter that I will fill with quotes about forgiveness, because there are many quotes that were spoken with such eloquence.
“Sincere forgiveness isn’t colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don’t worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time-just like it does for you and me.” – Sara Paddison
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” – Louis B. Smedes
“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” – Robert Muller
“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” – Mark Twain
“Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde
“Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.” – William Arthur Ward
“Without forgiveness life is governed by… an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.” – Roberto Assagioli
“Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” – Norman Cousins
“As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space in your mind.” – Isabelle Holland
When you are at odds with someone close to you, your mind will always defend itself against the other person. You will not see their side of the story. Tell yourself that they did what they knew how to do, given the information they had, and where they were in their lives. If you choose to stay angry at another, you have given total control of your life to those people that you have judged to have wronged you.
Relax, breathe, and meditate on all the times you hurt others and their feelings. Think of all the times you made life difficult for others. Think of all the positive things that the person you need to forgive have done for you.
If you keep all this in mind, you will likely easily be able to forgive another. Remember, you don’t forgive someone for his or her sake – you forgive them for your sake. Know that forgiving someone doesn’t mean necessarily forgetting what they did, nor does it mean that condoning dishonest actions. It just means “letting go” and “allowing yourself to heal” This said, forgiving others can be difficult. But once you practice and overcome this skill, your future will sing very brightly.