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Note to self: Beating yourself up for your flaws and mistakes won’t make you perfect, and you don’t have to be. Learn, forgive yourself, and remember: We all struggle; it’s just part of being human.

We are all capable of helping and hurting. We are all giving at times and selfish at others. Every last one of us has the potential for darkness and light. So forgive others, forgive yourself, look for light in the world, and shine your own. And never forget that people can grow and change. Never stop believing in the healing power of love and kindness. And most importantly, never stop believing in yourself.

The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.

Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.

You can love them, forgive them, want good things for them…but still move on without them.

When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.

Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.

You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.

You will begin to heal when you let go of past hurts, forgive those who have wronged you, and learn to forgive yourself for your mistakes.

Forgiving someone doesn’t mean condoning their behavior. It doesn’t mean forgetting how they hurt you or giving that person room to hurt you again. Forgiving someone means making peace with what happened. It means acknowledging your wound, giving yourself permission to feel the pain, and recognizing why that pain no longer serves you. It means letting go of the hurt and resentment so that you can heal and move on.

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you are.

When you forgive, you in no way change the past, but you sure do change the future.

Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.

Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.

Humbleness, forgiveness, clarity and love are the dynamics of freedom. They are the foundations of authentic power.

Rejection doesn’t hurt, expectation does. Lying doesn’t destroy, denial does. Forgetfulness doesn’t heal, forgiveness does.

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.

Stop beating yourself up.  You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.

Forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.

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