I prefer to live my life in quiet, and pray that everyone around me forgives me for not reciprocating on dinner, not going to their parties, not sending them birthday or Christmas presents, or not calling them regularly. Most of those closest to me get it, since I’ve been this way my entire life. Most of those not close to me disappear from my life.
Some people think that the way I am is intended to be some sort of personal affront to them. That could not be farther from the truth. I simply don’t identify with the materialistic world.
I can’t think of anyone in my life that I’ve never forgiven for something — well, maybe Dad, I dunno. Perhaps if he were alive today I’d have some hard conversations with him… maybe not though. I’ve come to realize that the things that happened in my childhood are unimportant other than being good story fodder.
You don’t HAVE to forgive anyone if you don’t want to, but you can let it go. Be joyful. Open your arms to receive the warmth of sunshine. Smell a flower. Talk to a rock and hear its stories. Kiss a garter snake, if you can do it without scaring the shit out of him or yourself.
All forgiveness and negativity issues will fall away and be replaced with artful wisdom if you dedicate yourself to first loving yourself and nurturing your inner, timeless being.
Share a story where it was very difficult for you to forgive the perpetrator for wronging you, but you did it — you forgave them.
Forgive and Forget?