Forgiveness rules your self-esteem. When you don’t forgive you hold a self-destructive grudge. Forgiveness creates self-acceptance. You accept that you have weaknesses and you don’t need to conceal them. Instead you use your awareness of your shortcoming to be sure you do your best. You know you can fail but realize that no single failure can define your worth as a person. When you are at peace with yourself you can accept your limitations without condemning yourself. You treat past experiences and events of the present as independent events and you learn from everything rather than feeling cheated when something goes wrong. (Viscott, David, MD. Emotional Resilience. p 283-284. NY: Crown Publishing Group, 1996.)

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