After last week’s posts about trust and the work we did in discovering how much–or how little–we trust the Universe, our Vision, and ourselves, we may have discovered that our trust levels are lower than what we thought. This can lead to disappointment and discouragement.
The antidote is forgiveness, particularly self-forgiveness. This will be our topic for the week. Below are 16 wise quotes that can get us started on our journey this week.
The more you know yourself, the more you forgive yourself. ~Confucius
Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil. And, with them, forgive yourself. ~William Shakespeare
You cannot travel back in time to fix your mistakes, but you can learn from them and forgive yourself for not knowing better. ~Leon Brown
To forgive is indeed the best form of self-interest since anger, resentment, and revenge are corrosive of that ‘summum bonum’, the greatest good. ~~Bishop Desmond Tutu
Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future. ~Lewis B. Smedes
When you forgive, you in no way change the past–but you sure do change the future. ~Bernard Meltzer
Forgiveness is rediscovering the shining path of peace that at first you thought others took away when they betrayed you. ~Dodinski
Although you should not erase your responsibility for the past, when you make the past your jailer, you destroy your future. It is such a great moment of liberation when you learn to forgive yourself, let the burden go, and walk out into a new path of promise and possibility. ~John O’Donahue
Forgive yourself for what you think you’ve done or not done. At every moment, you had your reasons for all of your actions and decisions. You’ve always done the best that you could do. Forgive yourself. ~Doreen Virtue
I, who have never willfully pained another, have no right to pain myself. ~Marcus Aurelius
I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent. The believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be. ~Dr. Kristin Neff
We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends. ~Sir Francis Bacon
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. ~Mahatma Gandhi
Most of us can forgive and forget; we just don’t want the other person to forge that we forgave them! ~Ivern Ball
When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free. ~Catherine Ponder
He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. ~Dr. Martin Luther King
Which quotes rang true for you? Jot them down and keep them handy this week. Refer to them often to remind yourself that you’re doing your best. This will keep you on track with forgiving yourself.
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