By the time I hit my early twenties, I was carrying around a lot pain and anger. I had a right to be angry and the pain was expected, but deep down I knew the only person those negative feelings hurt, was me.
I thought long and hard about how to alleviate the antagonistic emotions affecting my body and mind. After much consideration, I decided to contact everyone I had an awareness of hurting in my life. Fortunately, there weren’t many.
I spoke to the ones I could, explained myself and accepted full responsibility for my part in their pain. I was unable to find one and another chose not to return my call.
I then forgave those who had hurt me. The most surprising outcome was that in forgiving my transgressors, I was able to forgive myself.
What happened in that moment will stay etched in my mind forever. I was enveloped in a peace and light that is beyond description. I was free. I was no longer shackled by fear or regret. My conscience was clear, my future bright.
I made a decision in that moment to live my life in a way that never allowed those negative feelings into my soul again.
Today, I am thankful for forgiveness.