Is there an expiration date on grudges? How long do you go around disliking or resenting another person because of something they may have done to you or the way they treated you? I suppose it could go on forever, but how exhausting would that be? Every time you hear that person’s name, see their face or think about the circumstance that brought you to these feelings you continue to trap yourself in a constant state of unhappiness. How much easier is it to say, I forgive you. It doesn’t matter if the person apologizes, it doesn’t matter if they are even sorry for what they did. What matters is that you have freed yourself from the burden of having to dislike that person forever. Holding that anger and pain inside only hurts you, not them. They will continue to live their lives and you will continue to feel that pain until you just let it go. Forgiving that person gives you back the control over your mind and your heart.
“To err is human, to forgive, divine.” ~ Alexander Pope