This is a brilliant piece. Thank you, Amy for sharing it, and crafting it so beautifully. I had a deeply painful story and could not find forgiveness for years. I knew I was hurting myself with the pain, but for the longest time I was sure I had to forget to be able to forgive (and I knew that was not possible). A wise woman told me otherwise, and it was a revelation. I will never forget it, but I have been able to forgive. It has been a relief and a gift to be able to forgive. The negativity that hung over every interaction with that person for so many years is gone now.