Start the New Year with Forgiveness

Check out my sister-in-law’s human resource blog. Some good advice to start off 2016 …

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Every January people talk about resolutions. This year, how about looking deeper at what could really make a difference in your outlook on life? Consider your need to forgive.

Forgiveness is not looking the other way, it’s not forgetting, it’s not even the same as making up.  Forgiveness is the conscious choice to let go of resentment.  Sounds good, right?  So why don’t we do it all the time?  Like a drug, wallowing in resentment can feel good in the short-term.  We can be “right,” and make the other person “wrong.”  We feel we deserve sympathy for our predicament.  We get a sense of power and control.  We don’t have to assume responsibility.

The cost of holding on to resentment is high.  The bitterness and distance it creates can be palpable.  Walking on eggshells is no fun for sure, but there is a greater cost.  If we allow our relationships…

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One thought on “Start the New Year with Forgiveness

  1. I always have blamed it on the Italian blood flowing through my body. 🙂

    It probably has a lot to do with thinking the person who has wronged us, by forgiving them, has won. In reality we have won.

    Now I just have to keep re-reading that previous sentence…

    mp/m

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