Monday, April 7, 2014

Letters to Self: Forgiveness

Letters to Self is a Self-help series written by M. J. Joachim, designed to encourage and promote healing and self-awareness for those who read it.




Dear Self,


Forgiveness is so important, not only for those who have hurt you, but for yourself as well. Forgiveness releases anger and pent up anxiety. It gives you peace of mind. When we’ve been hurt, it’s easy to turn the pain inward, blaming and ridiculing ourselves, without forcing the responsibility on the one who hurt us.


It’s true, there are two or more sides, when pain enters our world. However, we are not responsible for the actions of others. Some people really do victimize others. As survivors of this pain, we need to forgive ourselves,recognizing that we are not the enemy. We are instead the unfortunate soul, carrying the burden of what others may have done to us, either intentionally or because they are too self-centered to do anything else.


Take a moment to truly forgive yourself, not only for the actions done against you, but also for your reactions and responses to them. Don’t let negative actions against you rule your world. Release them and forgive yourself and others, as part of the healing process to become a better you.


Love,


Self


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