Forgiveness seems to be a difficult proposition for people. The idea that my feelings are so important that I am unable to forgive someone is quite a proposition. If I am unable to forgive someone is it a relationship that I don’t value? Is it a relationship that I don’t think will last even if I do forgive? Do either of these notions matter?
Perhaps I am steeped in biblical references to forgiveness. Setting my chin like flint when I am struck. Turning the other cheek to allow the person to strike me again. This seems so Roman Empire but in fact it happens even today. It is so easy to forgive those that we love but how about forgiving those that we do not love. Forgiving workmates, classmates, neighbors, or friends?
Forgiveness is the secret sauce to a successful relationship. If you can forgive then you can maintain the high ground established thousands of years ago. If you can’t forgive how do you feel? If you can’t forgive how will you cope?
Can you think of someone that you should forgive? In my view, forgiveness will only increase your positive attitude and improve the bad feelings.