Start your year fresh with a gift to yourself - forgiveness. Forgiveness, whether it be given to yourself or others, is one of the greatest gifts of all time. In order to forgive others, however, you must first forgive yourself. Many times, we harbor feelings of guilt over actions we’ve taken in our past. Forgiveness, in any form, leads to freedom for yourself. On our path to freedom, we must release ourselves from these chains of guilt and be gentle with ourselves in order to move forward.
Take the time to truly think about personal things that bother you about yourself and release them forgiving yourself first. There may also be others who you need to forgive. At first, it may seem like you are giving in to others when offering the gift of forgiveness; but in forgiving them, the gift will ultimately be for you as well releasing all tension and clearing your heart for a fresh start.
Whether you’re forgiving a friend, family member, co-worker, spouse or yourself, there’s a sense of freedom that comes with the offering. It is important to acknowledge this feeling and be comfortable and confident in the newfound freedom.
Steps to Take Toward Freedom
- Make a list of people you may need to forgive (include yourself if applicable).
- Act out of humility, courage and grace knowing this forgiveness will help you in your process.
- Write out what you are forgiving them for and why – you don’t necessarily need to say or give it to them, but you must believe it yourself to move forward.
- Create a list of things you are grateful for because of this forgiveness. This may develop over time; but there are always things to be thankful for once your heart is clear.
Upon receiving and giving the gift of forgiveness, a general sense of gratefulness will take over making it hard to understand why you didn’t do this earlier. Start fresh, start new, start free today.