Without forgiveness there is no future. ~~ Desmond Tutu
Forgiveness is a conscious decision to let go of resentment. It can lead to having compassion and empathy for one who has hurt you. This does not take away someone’s responsibility for their actions that have hurt you. Nor does it justify what was done to wrong you. But forgiveness allows you a sense of peace that can bring about a certain level of understanding.
Forgiveness creates opportunities to show kindness and compassion, and fosters a willingness to grow past the transgression and work on building a healthier relationship.
There are times when you must also ask FOR forgiveness. It requires an honest look at what you have done and how it has impacted someone else. If you are truly sorry for something you did or said, it may be that you talk to the person that you have hurt and share your sincere regret and specifically ask for forgiveness. No excuses. But remember that you are human, and making mistakes are part of being so.
Remember, too, that not everyone will forgive you. You cannot force someone to forgive you. Others will have to come to terms with the situation as they feel they can and move toward forgiveness in their own time.
Whatever the outcome, commit to treating others with compassion, empathy and respect…AND….commit to treating yourself with the same.