To err is human

Posted by Spike MondayMotivator

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In this week’s MondayMotivator,

  • Forgiveness is like a superpower: When someone does something that hurts us, forgiving them means we are strong, not weak. It’s like being a superhero with a big heart.
  • Holding onto hurt is like carrying a heavy backpack: When we don’t forgive, it’s like carrying around a bag of pain that always makes us feel sad. Forgiving helps us feel light and happy again.
  • Forgiveness helps everyone: When we forgive someone, it’s good for us and the person we forgive. It’s like giving them a chance to improve, making the world a kinder place.

The adage, ”To err is human, to forgive divine,” still holds. Yet, why do so many people find it difficult to forgive?

Is it because they just hurt too much and hold on to it, or is it because it is seen as a sign of weakness?

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

Refusing to forgive someone because you have been hurt limits your view of life. Being unforgiving because you need to punish or get even with someone is a negative way of thinking. When you hold on to pain, you retain the hurtful picture in your mind and only hurt yourself more.

Help the other person by showing them you forgive them, and in doing so and by this very act, you will demonstrate your strength. You will help yourself, and you will also help them become a better person.

Heal yourself by forgiving and getting rid of the hurtful image. Set it free, and you will be free of any pain that could stop you from living your best life.

The only supplement to this is permanent reminders that time and forgiveness will never erase. In those cases, I have found it helpful to reframe those scars as a reminder of the strength you have and the motivation to prove yourself and others wrong. No injury, permanent or otherwise, is going to hold you back!

Think: I wish to become a better person, a strong person, and a force for good. I will forgive those who hurt me, dissipate the hurtful image, and be at peace.