“It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.”
Sometimes it takes a while to forgive someone who's wronged you. Judgment sits like a stone in your heart, solid and heavy. Every time their name is mentioned, every time something reminds you of them, the weight of that stone gets heavier. Either it takes over your entire heart, or you have to let it go. Forgiveness may never be earned—one cannot undo what has been done. It must be freely given with no strings attached.
Another truth about forgiveness is that it sends positive energy forward and backward in time. It heals the stone in your own heart, and it heals the one in their heart, too. Even if the person who wronged you is no longer living, your forgiveness frees their soul of stain. In lifting the weight of judgment from your own heart, you become lighter and less resentful, blessing the people around you and giving them something to emulate. Your ability to forgive and forget may influence them to do the same.
In the words of Maya Angelou: “I'm convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere...As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good.” The ability to forgive is good all around.
In the Spirit,