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How To Make Forgiveness a Part of Your New Year's Resolution

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http://www.positiveimpactmagazine.com - We all have moments where we arrive at a fork in the road. Do we go right or left? Because we are human beings, our decisions are oftentimes driven by emotion. We are so intricately wired with emotions that our behavior, actions, and choices are, in fact, “emotionally fueled.” Such is the case with FORGIVENESS.



Perhaps today you are faced with a choice of whether to forgive or not to forgive. Let’s have a look at the positive impact of Forgiveness – what would that mean and how would it implicate your life and maybe the lives of others?



Does Foregiveness mean that you suddenly have amnesia and have forgotten all of the events and hurts that have been etched into your persona? NO. Many times, Forgiveness is more about YOU healing and being able to move forward than it is about the person being forgiven.



When we allow ourselves to forgive, in a sense we are saying: “I am in charge and you do not control my actions or my self worth.”



Forgiveness gives you the ability to focus ahead in a positive, constructive direction. Once you have made this empowering decision, chances are you will feel a huge relief, much like a rock being lifted off your chest.



No fork in the road offers easy choices. However, when you have a map, it certainly makes this road easier to travel.



Let’s look at some positive byproducts of Forgiveness. I hope that you will see the benefits and let go of self-destructive behaviors that hold on to negative emotions.



As Mahatma Gandhi so cleverly said, “ The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

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