i’ve been doing some serious soul searching lately and i think that [one of] my biggest faults is my difficulty to forgive. in fact, [embarrassingly enough] in the past i’ve been anti-forgiveness. what can i say, i'm stubborn. i can hold the meanest grudge of them all. what’s up with that?! where did that come from?? i have held onto this silly belief that if i forgive someone then i’ll forget the wrong and i will become a fool all over again. they say it takes strength and courage to forgive. and here all this time i've been thinking it takes strength and courage NOT to forgive.
i think the hardest part of forgiveness is the forgetting part. how can you force yourself to forget? i’ve tried so hard…and the forgiveness part just comes so much easier. but i know it’s not genuine forgiveness until i forget. what if i’m never able to forget?
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies
I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note--torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.
-Henry Ward Beecher
what are your thoughts, dear friends?