Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Forgive Yourself...

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. " ~Mahatma Gandhi
“I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable.
But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. ...So you say to people who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. 
You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that's rough. But you can overcome that. 
The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.”  ~ Maya Angelou
Just remember... that  when you do something wrong, even when you fail, even when you make poor choices, it doesn't make you a bad person or a failure. No doubt you will punish yourself enough for your mistakes. The question is: Will you try to do the right thing next time? Will you learn from your mistakes? Will you keep on loving and caring to the best of your ability? We will ALL make mistakes. Learn from them. Make things right. Forgive yourself and then move on. Life is simply too short to waste it any other way but happy!

"Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes
and move on."
~E. H. Chapin

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