THE JOY OF FORGIVING
Of the few things that hurt the most, being wronged leaves the deepest scars. Knowingly, unknowingly, people do wrong us many times. A friend breaks your trust, a child hides something significant from parents, a spouse betrays in marriage or a colleague lets you down. It’s like a huge Tsunami that hits you in the face. You cannot fathom what’s happening. It takes some time for the initial shock to settle down and once you’ve internalized the pain, you are left with the onus to forgive and move on or to nurse the wound forever. Most people decide to tread the path of forgiveness for it salvages relationships that you cherish so much. Many times you don’t have the option to keep grudges, the damage has already been done and you must now act to save whatever is remaining. But deciding to forgive is one thing and actually forgiving is a totally different ballgame. The wronged person finds it difficult to forgive because, believe me, a sense of being the victim is a nice feeling to experience because it makes you feel falsely superior. Many people find it easy to slip into retaliation mode, at times aggravating the situation. Surely, an for an eye makes the whole world blind.
What forgiveness isn’t
For one, the person who has been wronged feels forgiveness is a sign of further weakness, after having gone through all the heartache. It has got more to do with his ego than the fact of the matter.
Many people assume forgiveness as the complete closure of the matter (which it isn’t) and hence hold on to the grudge for long.
Forgiveness isn’t about forgetting or letting go of the wrongdoing. It is not even that everything is going to be just as it were before.
It isn’t immediate, demanded and received and never ever forced.
And most importantly, forgiveness is never about the person whom we are forgiving.
What forgiveness is
It is a gesture that we are willing to put behind what has happened and move on without leaving behind anymore wake of pain.
It is a personal act of letting go so that the heart doesn’t weigh heavy in its own weight. You need not even tell the person that you have forgiven him/her.
Committing a wrong act is the other person’s way, forgiving is all your choice.
Forgiveness is to make a new clean start all over again with yourself, and may not presuppose with the person who has wronged you. People assume that just because someone has forgiven, means that they have completely forgotten. Just imagine what Dr. Nelson Mandela would have gone through, spending the most valuable 27 years of his life behind bars. He could have turned out to avenge his perpetrators, but he chose forgiveness over revenge and rose to become the beacon of freedom and democracy in the fight against white supremacy in South Africa. Read more...