The reward of forgiving is like a cloud floating on a gentle breeze. It’s light and it feels great![/caption]
“Forgiveness…is a gift to yourself.
It frees you from the past, past experiences, and past relationships.
It allows you to live in the present time.
When you forgive yourself and forgive others, you are indeed free.” Louise Hay
Have you heard the experiment of holding onto a glass of water in one arm and how it relates to stress? The challenge is to see how long one can hold the glass at arms length. Most people can only hold the glass for a minute. The stronger person may hold the glass longer. Yet, no one can hold this glass – forever. Why? Because the simple glass of water becomes heavy and burdensome.
This is the same for forgiveness.
If we hold onto negative thoughts, they in time will weigh us down. The heaviest of thoughts come when someone has done us wrong. A grudge is the best way to describe this feeling. Holding grudges only harms ourselves. The person may apologize for what they said or did, but the relief doesn’t come from the other person, it comes from within. When we let go of harmful memories, there is an immediate release. Like that cloud floating gently on a soft breeze.
Being unable to let go…to forgive, is like holding that heavy glass of water. The glass doesn’t feel hurt or harmed, nor does the water, but it affects us!
Why not put the glass down and relieve yourself of this unneeded pressure?
The next time you’re feeling stressed, hurt or angered over another’s actions, take a deep breath and try to let it go. Believe me, the rewards are worth it.
Looking for more on this topic. Check out this great advice on forgiveness by David R. Hamilton, Ph.D. 5 Tips to Help You Forgive — And Become Healthier
Winter allows Spring to take over the season. It’s a natural flow. Nature holds no grudges. Be like water. Let it go and let it flow.