Greeting Myselves with Forgiveness


For some people, forgiveness comes easily. For others, not so much.

Luckily for me, I fall into the first category.

My mother has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know and thankfully, it was passed along to me. Don’t get me wrong–I get upset, disappointed, even angry–but I have a tendency of placing myself into the other person’s shoes and empathizing. This process broadens my perspective and helps me let go of my frustration so I can forgive and move forward.

I attempt to understand. I remember that we’re all human. We all have different opinions, flaws and backgrounds.

So why can’t I just as easily forgive myself?

Why do I mull over my past mistakes? Sometimes, so much they evolve into regrets.

I should’ve completed my college education right after high school. I should have ended that relationship long ago. I should have eaten healthier, gotten more rest and given better directions to the woman who just walked into the men’s restroom.

Whatever the disappointment, wallowing in the past has never changed it, but acceptance of what was and how it’s shaped me into the individual I am today, allows me let go of those mistakes.

It allows me to forgive myself in the present. It allows me to feel human. It allows me to move on.

Be gentle with yourself today. What are you holding on to from your past, whether you were seven years old or 30? Now is the time to embrace it, accept what was, let go and allow yourself to begin again.

-JL Smith

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