The Forgiveness Path Is Not a Straight Line
If you are like the rest of us, when you begin to forgive another person you will start and stop and start again a number of times before you arrive, safe, at the journey’s end, confident that you have forgiven. You will be making great progress and then have a dream about the person and wake up angry all over again. You will think you have conquered, only to meet the person who hurts you again, and there is the anger. Or, it is the holiday season and you reflect back on your life hoping for peace and instead get a piece of the person’s own anger, and once again you are angry. The forgiveness path is like this and so please be gentle with yourself.
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So true. I start and stop a lot and it has to do with my getting upset once I think I am over the situatoin. It takes patience, that’s for sure.
This actually fills me with confidence to keep going. I can get discouraged with myself when my forgiveness does not come quickly enough for my own expectations. It is good to know that others have similar struggles as I do when people treat me badly.