Resentment is one of the most, if not the most divisive force we have in our society. It has always been so. Resentment for the behaviors, backgrounds, ethnicity, religions, colour and even looks of others. When we are in resentment, we cause harm to others, but even more significantly we cause harm to ourselves. When the resentment is aimed at ourselves for being weak, unsuccessful, scared or whatever, it is an even more destructive force than when directed at others.
The great gift we have is that of Forgiveness: the refusal to hold ill will against ourselves or others. The choice not to bear grudges against, even if we do not condone the behavior of the other. Forgiveness is a cornerstone of all the great religions of the world and is the healing power in our society.
"As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison." #Nelson_Mandela
Forgiveness enables us to choose not to be bitter or vengeful and in the moment of that choice, we also choose our own freedom by not causing harm to others or ourselves. What a wondrous gift.
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