I recently read a blog post about forgiveness, specifically about forgiving oneself.
- Have you ever done something terrible to another and carried a seemingly endless amount of guilt? I have…
- Carelessly done something wrong and resented your actions while dealing with the consequences? I have…
- Didn’t try your hardest and felt an overwhelming sense of disappointment in yourself? I have…
I have done all of these things
- I’ve cheated on a boyfriend who was very good to me.
- I’ve avoided managing my finances and overdrew my account.
- I’ve prioritized my social life over school work and received poor grades.
These were all things that I needed to forgive myself for. How did I do it?
- I gave a sincere apology to him (albeit a decade later).
- I learned my lesson and came up with an easy, less daunting way to sort out my budget.
- I stopped defining myself by my college GPA.
The joy that forgiveness brings is beautiful, specifically when you’re forgiving yourself.
Is there anything you’re beating yourself up over? Any disappointment in yourself you have yet to let go?
I encourage you to do what you can to set things straight and if that isn’t possible, realize that it doesn’t define you.