I don’t know about you, but the whole ‘forgiveness thing’ is pretty standard equipment these days. There are lots of explanations, methods, recommendations, etc out there and if you’ve never investigated this ‘forgiveness thing’ please, do not hesitate, go directly and find info regarding forgiveness and the whys and what for’s related to it.
I have been practicing forgiveness for lo this many, many years, that I’m pretty sure it is part of my DNA. I think I understand the precepts and repercussions and I do hold people, myself and events a lot lighter than I used to, that is for sure! Whenever I feel a ‘disturbance in my force,’ it is usually because my expectations have not been met. Who am I to demand others measure up, or deliver to my standards? I tend to these occurrences almost immediately and either make amends, ask for forgiveness, or forgive readily.
I find it funny, or coincidental, or not(?) that just this week I read a piece that described unforgiveness as ‘playing the victim.’ So, today when I went into my prayer room to ‘do’ forgiveness for 10 minutes, I specifically asked to be notified or reminded of where I have made myself the victim. Things rapidly and easily came to my remembrance. With grace that I know is real, I released the ‘victimhood’ and also asked that everyone I’ve offended forgive me.
No surprise, the top person on my list is myself. My expectations of me persist in being borderline unreasonable. I asked for grace to forgive myself for not measuring up and I forgave myself for asking the near impossible of me.
Like exercise, eating fruits and vegetables, being kind, forgiveness is one of those things that we must think about less and just do it!
Day 17) Send someone an e-card, just because.