“The process of forgiveness—indeed, the chief reason for forgiveness—is selfish.
The reason to forgive others is not for their sake. They are not likely to know
that they need to be forgiven. They’re not likely to remember their offense.
They are likely to say, “You just made it up.” They may even be dead. The reason
to forgive is for our own sake. For our own health. Because beyond that point needed
for healing, if we hold on to our anger, we stop growing and our souls begin to shrivel.”
– M. Scott Peck.
“Forgiveness is an act of love. As I forgive, I release negative energy that
may manifest as resentment or anger. I open the way for something positive
to happen. If I feel wronged or annoyed, I release the impulse to judge. The
lines of communication remain open, and understanding flows freely. Relationships
with family, friends and colleagues flourish when I act with compassion and
easily forgive. I relate to others in harmonious ways. I exercise the same
forgiving attitude toward myself. If I have erred, I learn from it and move on.
I draw from the reservoir of God’s love within me to give and receive forgiveness.”
“To understand is not only to pardon,
but in the end to love.”
– Walter Lippmann.
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
– Mother Teresa.
“If we can forgive everyone, regardless of what he or she may have done,
we nourish the soul and allow our whole being to feel good. To hold a grudge
against anyone is like carrying the devil on your shoulders. It is our willingness
to forgive and forget that casts away such a burden and brings light into our
hearts, freeing us from many ill feelings against our fellow human beings.”
– Sydney Banks.
“The things two people do to each other they remember. If they stay together, it’s not because they forget; it’s because they forgive.”
– Demi Moore in Indecent Proposal.
“You can’t truly live and carry the chains of anger and resentment with you everyday. They’re like a cancer growing and spreading throughout all aspects of your life.
Where anger and resentment exists, negativity will grow and flourish. Negativity has no place in your life and the life of your family.
One small simple act can separate you from this negativity in your life…An act that can sometimes be so difficult to perform and that’s the act of forgiveness.
Forgiveness can be the more difficult road to travel, but it’s where you let go of the anger, erase the negativity and start the healing process. To forgive is to know that you’re doing the right thing.
The areas in your heart that were filled with anger, resentment and the destructive force of negativity will soon be replaced with the ability to love, to be happy and to grow on a multitude of levels.
Performing the act of forgiveness will let you once again live your life to the fullest and in the most positive way. This will help you build the strongest of relationships and help you learn to live.”