Forgiveness along the way

Forgiveness along the way

Each time I settle down to write about forgiveness, I realize that I am lucky enough not to have been attacked or damaged in any real way. So the forgiveness I write of here is the petty forgiveness of a privileged life. This is not to imply that small injuries don’t...
forgiveness practice

forgiveness practice

The folks at Greater Good Magazine have identified forgiveness as one of the keys to well-being. They offer a lovely, succinct definition: a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you,...
Deep listening, loving speech

Deep listening, loving speech

Without meaning to, I plunge myself into the muck of judgment. I suddenly find myself believing that there is a bad person in the room. Sometimes, I believe it’s me. Sometimes, I think it’s you. In that moment, I want to “forgive with wild abandon.” The truth is,...
Transforming guilt

Transforming guilt

I am reminding myself of my kind promise “to forgive with wild abandon.” I grew up with an idea that Right and Wrong were absolutes. Doing wrong required begging forgiveness and being wronged required giving forgiveness. As I have aged, I have softened. My ideas of...