Forgiveness is difficult at the best of times, especially if you have been hurt by the actions of another. But what about when it is your actions that have caused emotional or physical pain for others? Can you forgive yourself? Are you ready to move on with your life?
Are You Ready?
We all make mistakes in life. For some, those mistakes may be more crucial than others. We may hurt those we love and care for, even if it wasn’t deliberately. Sometimes, situations get out of hand and as a result, there is long-lasting damage. Silly mistakes can have severe consequences.
When we blame ourselves for events– whether falsely accusing ourselves or not, it can be hard to let go of that deep resentment and blame that nestles within. Sadly, it’s all too easy to hold a grudge against others, but it is self-debilitating to do the same on a personal level. Whatever “your crime,” there comes a point when you must learn to forgive yourself so that you can move forward in life.
This is an important part of the healing process. Through this, you rebuild the strength and resilience to move on and to identify past faults or negative behaviors and you do so without judgment. Only when you can do this can you move on and truly develop and achieve your true potential in life.
When you feel angry with yourself, you become both the accuser and victim. When you embrace self-forgiveness, you develop a more loving relationship with yourself and you embrace acceptance. You recognize that you are only human and that everyone makes mistakes. With forgiveness comes great stress relief. After all, those negative emotions have done far more harm than good and with forgiveness comes the ability to breathe deeply and to let go of all inner angst. To start this process, you have to be ready though.