Thoughts on: Bitterness and forgiveness

Original photo by Stephen Di Donato

Forgiving means saving yourself from a possibly gigantic stream of bitterness. It’s only for the most badass of people.

We all go through situations where we feel we’ve been wronged. We feel we’ve been wronged. To be honest sometimes we haven’t been wronged, even though it feels like it. It’s not what we want to hear, but it’s true. In the heat of the moment our perspective can get a little faulty. This doesn’t happen all the time, but it does happen more often than we think.

Now, when we talk about forgiveness I feel it’s more so that the other person can be guilt-free. But forgiveness is as much about the other person as it is about ourselves, and it could possibly benefit us just as much or even more.

Maybe someone did you wrong some time ago, and you’re still holding a grudge (I’ve done it, I’m not judging). That is going to make you bitter until one of two things happen: you forget about it or you forgive that person. Forgetting isn’t really something we can control, forgiving on the other hand, we can. It’s a bit more difficult, but who doesn’t like a challenge right?

The moment you’re able to forgive someone you’ll rid your mind of the negativity regarding that situation. Less negativity equals a happier you. As of lately I’ve been thinking that we should really strive to live happily, being alive is a tremendous blessing.

I think that by not forgiving we are doing ourselves wrong, we’re putting ourselves through bitterness. So if someone already did us wrong, why would we, on top of that, do ourselves wrong?

Anyway, these were some of my thoughts on bitterness and forgiveness. What are yours?

The comic for this thought is here!

-Marcos

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