Mistakes and Forgiveness. . .

Today I want to share some insights and thoughts that I’ve been having lately when it comes to the topic of forgiveness. We innately know that when we forgive, we release an old hurt from the past, so that it no longer harms us in the present. Generally speaking, we think of forgiveness as an act that we do to someone. We forgive a person for a wrongdoing, we forgive family for the unnecessary stress they cause, we forgive friends for disputes.

So often our forgiveness is outwardly focused, and we completely ignore the fact that it is essential that we also practice self-forgiveness. As human beings, with free will, we are going to make a wrong choice, we are going to have errors in judgment, we are going to go against our own best interest, we are going to mess up. It’s going to be painful and agonizing. Though mistakes, of course will be present, and they may cause lots of difficulty for us, we must remember that mistakes are a necessary part of life. The mistakes we make teach us, the errors provide for a course correction, and going the wrong way, shows us how good life can feel when we go the right way.

I’ve made a handful of pretty hefty mistakes in my life. I’ve gone through the feelings and emotions and consequences of my mistakes. I’ve learned and adjusted my thoughts and behaviors accordingly. Everything that I’ve gone through will be incomplete, if I don’t intend to forgive myself for my actions.

I have to consistently remind myself that my mistakes don’t define me, and that my errors in judgment don’t indicate my worthiness as a person, and it’s in that awareness that I start to heal, grow, and learn from that difficulty.

Holding on with regret and remorse will never change what transpired. It only carries the pain into the present moment. When you forgive yourself, you create the space to choose better, to be a better version of yourself, to use the knowledge gained for good, rather than clinging to the old version of yourself. When you forgive yourself you also empower yourself to be a better you, to make amends, and to feel more in control of your actions, rather than at the mercy of them.

You deserve the love and forgiveness that you are so willing to share with others. You deserve to be set free from your past, so that you can live a better present. I wish that for all of you.

Peace and Love, Jim

#forgive #thedailybuddha

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