“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.” – Steve Maraboli
It may seem like an impossible thing to do at times. When we got hurt by someone we love or even a complete stranger, it’s not the end. Forgiving and forgetting is easy to say, but in reality is a difficult thing to do. However, to forgive is an essential life skill. Life always goes on and you can’t be stuck in the same place. In the end, whether you like it or not, you need to learn to grow. And here are some reasons why:
#1 Forgiveness means strength
Gandhi once said, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong”. Forgiving someone doesn’t mean you’re weak. It means that you’re strong enough to let go of resentments. It also strengthens your relationship with others.
#2 Forgiveness means peace
Whatever resentments and grudges you hold on to will weigh you down. When you forgive you let go of the negativity and will regain a sense of wholeness and peace.
#3 Forgiveness means health
The stress of holding a grudge can cause health problems such as high blood pressure and weaken the immune system. Instead of stressing over nothing why not restore yourself to goodness and health.
#4 Forgiveness means love
To love yourself is to forgive not only others but yourself too. Let go of all the toxicity, anger, and bitterness. When you let go of the burden, that’s when you know you love yourself enough not to be consumed by it.
When you forgive it doesn’t mean what happened is fine. It just means that you’re the bigger person who has made peace with the pain and ready to let go. To let go of the past allows us to fully embrace the future and make the best of it.