Too many people think forgiveness equals weakness. They think to set aside a perceived wrong doing and let it go, is the sign of someone without the balls to step up and shout about it. They think forgiveness is something the saintly do because they are too feeble minded to see a hurt and pursue it unto the grave. They think to forgive is how you get walked over, victimised and ridiculed in this life - and how can you ever be respected when you behave in such a way?
Sadly, those who think like this are awash with fear. They are so scared they cannot imagine walking up to their 'enemy', extending the hand of friendship and choosing Love. They cloak their terror anyway they can, but underneath the bluff of anger, resentment, bitterness and justification, is the dark and limiting face of fear. While under its gaze no movement is possible. Life becomes stagnant, and so begins the great decay.
Forgiveness on the other hand is fueled by the power of the Universe. It is the ultimate example of 'going with the flow'. When you forgive, you let go... of everything. And so, without the weight of the past, your life becomes a free ride. You pop up on the wave, and the rush will take your breath away! Just imagine what that would feel like! Imagine if every resentment, shred of anger or ounce of hurt vanished like mist in the morning - how amazing would that be! No nasty, heavy, vengeful wishes directed towards others for their actions - actions taken without real awareness or understanding - for if they knew, they would surely have acted differently. To curse them, only means to curse ourselves... and for eternity. And why would we want to do that? Why would we want to be unhappy because someone, somewhere said or did something we didn't like? Why would we want to let them take control of the rest of our lives? Why would we want to give our happiness away - and to the very people who hurt us in the first place?
Forgiveness means lightness. It means to shine your light in a dark place, and keep on shining. To hold black thoughts over our true being is surely the only tragedy. Why keep the dark energy, when light is who we really are?
If we begin to forgive the little things, so quickly our lives will change. The feelings that stay with us all day, all week, all year, will no longer hang around because we will gladly let them go. Without them we have room for better things, nicer things, kinder things. We have space created for joy, excitement and happiness. Without a head full of bad things from the past, we can fill it with hope and love and light for the future.
And if we begin to forgive the bigger things too... well now, that is how we change this world...