“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
“Everybody makes mistakes, everybody has those days, everybody knows what what I’m talking ’bout, everybody gets that way. ~Hannah Montana, “Nobody’s Perfect”
We all kind of know and have a concept of this, but let someone transgress against us. Let someone bump into us accidentally, cut us off in traffic, or do something that breaks our stride and harshes our mellow. Now we’re cussing and screaming, and ranting and raving about how “some jerk” messed up our entire day.
We all know that person. Let me also add a piece of revelation: we’ve all BEEN that person to someone else.
Seeing as we all have the potential to be that horrible person to others (and probably have been), cut folks some slack, okay? It will also save you a lot of unnecessary stress. Trust me, you will have enough to stress about during a day–and a lifetime–without getting upset over someone else’s stupidity. For that matter, you have enough of your own stupidity to worry about.
Forgiving other people doesn’t mean you gloss over the fact that they were wrong. What you’re doing is that you’re choosing to not hold that wrong against the person. It takes less energy to forgive someone than not to forgive them, yet we choose not to forgive for some reason. It takes more energy and, for that matter, can literally be unhealthy. Looking at forgiveness from this standpoint, it benefits you more to forgive than it might benefit the other person.
Moral of the story? FORGIVE PEOPLE. Make peace with those that have offended you. You’ll be healthier and happier for having done so.
p.s. since I forgot to do one of these yesterday, I’ll do the next one tonight so that I finish on time. I went to a job interview, and in the midst of the excitement of landing the position, I forgot about this. I’ll get on the ball with it.