Forgiveness is the ability to release from the mind past hurts, failures, sense of guilt, and loss. You accept responsibility for your own perceptions, realizing they are a choice and not an objective fact. It does not condone negative inappropriate behavior in any person or pretending everything is okay when it isn’t. (Hafen, Brent Q., et al. Mind/Body Health. MA: Simon & Schuster, 1996, p 390)

Forgiveness is one of the most compassionate things a person can do. Many tend to think of forgiveness as an act of kindness that we choose to give to some people who seem to deserve it, yet withhold this gift from others who seem undeserving and unrepentant. This gives us a significant sense of power. Forgiveness actually has nothing whatsoever to do with other people.  It has everything to do with the person giving forgiveness. It is a decision that we make for ourselves. [Source]

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