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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Practice Forgiveness

Practice Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling. Forgiveness helps you let go of hurt and anger—it may or may not help others. It is a process that frees you to live life more fully. Forgiving is not forgetting, excusing, reconciling, or being weak. As one person put it, “Forgiveness was one of the hardest things in recovery for me, but now it means to let go and not to let the people who hurt me keep me locked to them with anger.”

Action for the Day

Practice forgiveness by writing a few practice letters that you will not send. Write the response you’d like to hear from the other person. Then write a letter of forgiveness to that person, accepting the apology and letting the issue go. Remember, don’t send these forgiveness letters. They are meant to help you let go and be free from hurt. You don’t need anyone else in order to achieve this freedom.

Thought for the Day

“When you forgive, you in no way change the past—but you sure do change the future.”

—Bernard Meltzer

This inspiration is from

Field Guide to Life

Quoted from the app Inspirations.

Find recovery resources at Hazelden Publishing.

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