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I Believe In Forgiveness

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    I Found Forgiveness

    Well first, I'll say that the personality I've exhibited through EP has been more like the person I wanted to be than who I really was, but I recently took a step towards becoming that one I want to be. I guess this blame I had on my conscience was what was holding me back...
    NeonBlueMidnight NeonBlueMidnight 26-30, M 5 Responses Apr 25, 2011

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    My story is super long I hope someone can

    Help me out wit my experience ? When I was in middles school I was overweight maybe even obese and I had a hard time getting guys attention when I reached my 8th grade I lost about 50 pounds I felt great I began to date my friends cousin I was in heaven thinking finally someone...
    cyma2911 cyma2911 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    People make mistakes.

    Even the best person can mess up. It's okay to be upset, but sometimes losing a friend isn't worth staying angry. Know when to forgive, even when it's hard because you'll be better off in the end. Live and learn, forgive and forget, other cliche things :p
    CaptainBenza CaptainBenza 18-21, M 6 days ago

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    A Gift To Myself

    We are humans, and we do make mistakes. Love is also forgiving and understanding.   There are many imperfections in a loving relationship, but the difference is that those imperfection are understood, accepted and forgiven  when they cause hurt. This is a true...
    MyNameIsCecilia MyNameIsCecilia 46-50, F 1 Response Jul 15, 2010

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    Forgiveness In All Shapes And Sizes

    Recently I have learned how much forgiveness can change a life. I was brutalized as a child into my teen years. I was beaten, molested and terrorized by my siblings and parents. After I got married I even received threatening and harassing calls and e-mails from my own mother...
    paintedblue paintedblue 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 16, 2013

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    Does anyone else think it's hard to forgive

    people over and over again and have them never forgive anyone else back?
    FunctorFunny FunctorFunny 13-15, M Mar 9

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    True love removes the fear of confrontation

    after a wrong doing or judgement.
    DRel DRel 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 3

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    Forgiveness Gives Inner Peace

    Forgiveness is the key to having a high quality life following a spinal cord injury, because whether you were assaulted by someone, whether you were in a car accident plus it was the other drivers fault,whether you were in a auto or motorcycle accident and it was your fault or if...
    quadforgod quadforgod 41-45, M 3 Responses Apr 6, 2012

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    Forgiveness...

    I believe there is so much power in forgiveness. Simply saying " I forgive you" is easy, but really letting go of the bitterness, and resentment, hard feelings that may still linger is the hard part. There have been so many people in this life that I have had to forgive. Some of...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Mar 6, 2013

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    There's always someone around me holding a

    grudge against someone or just refusing to forgive over something minuscule and it disappoints me. I used to do that too, I thought some of the grudges I had would stand forever but I've learned to forgive and believe that it's possible to forgive almost everyone. I stand by...
    misternobrain misternobrain 22-25, M Jan 9

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    All i have to say is

    if God and Jesus can forgive us all, why can't I when I'm made in their image?
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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    Brother And Sister Making Peace My wife

    and I took a nap after lunch on a Sunday. Then we heard the children getting into a fight. Our daughter (then 11) was obviously hurt, she cried. It was not the first time, that her older brother (then 13) had hurt her. She came into our room and my wife asked her to lay beside...
    Dreammmer Dreammmer 46-50, M 3 Responses Feb 23

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    Forgive yourself and others.

    Not for them, but for you. Hanging on to hatred, hurt, anger, it will slowly put out your light. Your life force. Let it go. You don't own it all. Apologize for your mistakes, forgive theirs and move on. SSometimes it's a matter of convincing yourself you have forgiven. One...
    kbetweens kbetweens 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 8

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    Forgiveness

    Let go of old grudges. Be strong. Love. Forgive. Live on.
    BellaFairy BellaFairy 22-25, F 5 Responses Jan 1, 2012

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    My Journey Towards Forgiveness

    I have been thinking alot about forgiveness lately and have truly been inspired by alot of things I have read about letting go of the hurt and anger and allowing yourself to heal. Moving forward on your journey and not allowing bitterness and anger to control you. We often think...
    snowbunny1002 snowbunny1002 46-50, F 31 Responses Jun 28, 2010

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    Heidi75 Heidi75 36-40 1 Response Jan 25

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    Don’t live your life with hate in your heart.

    You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate...
    serachii serachii 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 1

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    It is easy for me to forgive others,

    why is it so hard to forgive myself?
    memyselfandi27 memyselfandi27 22-25, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    I believe that forgiveness is

    for yourself more than the person you forgive. If you chose not to forgive someone who has wronged you, you carry that anger and hurt. The person who did you wrong often goes on with life either not knowing how hurt you are or not caring. Forgiven or not their life continues...
    dovie6 dovie6 31-35, F Dec 29, 2013

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    Change your life by forgiving those

    that hurt/harmed you. I love this vid on forgiveness > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4tl_AAxQao
    InnerCalm InnerCalm 31-35 3 Responses Mar 20

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    As A Father...

    I have 5 children. Forgiveness is a major part of my life.
    NobodySpecial NobodySpecial 41-45, M 8 Responses Jun 29, 2010

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    Remember A Little Forgiveness

    One of my teacher had each of us bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes. For every person we'd refuse to forgive in our life, we were told to choose a potato, write on it the name and date, and put it in the plastic bag. Some of our bags, as you can imagine, were quite...
    CMA1234 CMA1234 46-50, F 4 Responses Jan 1, 2012

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    Life is a long journey.

    ..we meet so many people when we are traveling that...we cannot stop in front of one person and hate him as we have to go far in our journey...you don't need money to spread forgiveness...forgive them though they blame you, insult you, betray you...oneday they will realize their...
    chethaki chethaki 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 5

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    In Order To Live In Peace We Must Forgive..

    We have all been betrayed and hurt by others. Some of us have been terribly abused, neglected and dehumanized. Through these experiences shame, guilt, anger, self hate, mistrust and other horrible feelings emerge and develop. This is hell to live with. We become locked in a...
    ElitaElle ElitaElle 36-40, F 3 Responses Oct 5, 2013

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    I do believe in forgiveness.

    This doesn't mean forgetting though, let's make that clear. Forgiveness is a very complex concept to grasp; is it saying "it's fine" to something someone has done to you, something horrible or despicable? No. We all were given free will to make our own choices, this...
    cassidysc cassidysc 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 17

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    The Truth Of Forgiveness

    People often associate forgiveness with closer. Not realizing that forgiving someone does not mean forgetting what they have done to you. I do believe in forgiving those who've done wrong to you but do you blame me for not forgetting what they have done to me. The human mind...
    SilentStoryteller SilentStoryteller 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 4, 2012

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    This is the first step to healing.

    .whenever someone does me wrong, the first thing I do is say "I forgive you, it's in the past" because it honestly is!! Trust me when I say I've had my share of pain, I understand what it feels like to just stay angry all the time..holding grudges is like punching yourself in the...
    YoursTrulyLina YoursTrulyLina 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    Always have, to not forgive is like a Cancer

    that will slowly eat you inside.
    YoungHeartedSoul YoungHeartedSoul 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 20

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    Unforgiven

    Many years ago ive done quite a few bad things to lots of people.  Most of the violent things ive done to most of the people i have hurt were provoked, however i would go too far.  I also kinda used to tie my little sister up and beat her when she would anger me. ...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 15, 2009

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    "Since when is forgiveness a better quality

    than loyalty" I've always been a stubborn individual just like my father and one of the biggest vices I have is being too prideful. Because of my fear to look "stupid" I've held back a lot and I've missed many opportunities to build meaningful friendships and relationships. It...
    Cantbelieveit20 Cantbelieveit20 22-25, M Apr 7

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    I used to forgive and forget - In the sense

    that I'd burn the bridge so I could never go back, and delete their existence from my mind entirely. There have been people from school I bumped into and can't for the life of me remember who they were! I've mellowed in my old age and my last few relationships have been to the...
    fyremoon fyremoon 41-45, M Dec 29, 2013

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    Forgive and let it go

    because holding in to something only hurts you more in the end.
    lostsoul9011 lostsoul9011 22-25, M Feb 16

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    I have had people question me about forgiveness

    when I say that one major aspect to healing from being hurt is to forgive those who have hurt you. So I hope this will clarify and help to bring some understanding of what forgiveness really is. When someone has hurt you, its like something has been planted inside of you...
    letscelebratelife letscelebratelife 51-55, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I think people misunderstand forgiveness.

    Humans live in a perpetual state of projection, we project our feelings and our expectations on to other people and we expect the world to bend and shape itself around us to fit our own thoughts and emotions, but this is simply not healthy nor good. Forgiveness is not given to...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Mar 9

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    Forgiveness not only means something to the

    person being forgiven, it also means that the forgiver is ready to move forward with that person again. I’ve heard a lot of people say they’ll forgive but they never forget. My personal opinion is one has nothing to do with the other. Forgiveness is acknowledging the fact...
    KLMKitten KLMKitten 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 19

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    Forgiving The Unapologetic

    I forgive when people do me wrong, every time; but I don't stick around some depending on what they did. I have been told many times since I was a little girl that my problem is I forgive too easily. I don't think forgiving every time is a bad thing. It is second nature to me...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F Sep 14, 2012

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    The Gift of Forgiveness

    Forgiveness is a gift we give to others as well as ourselves. We all have our reasons for doing the wrongs we have done to others.  Likewise we have beliefs or perceptions of wrongs done to us and why.  We cannot see into the heart and mind of those we...
    LowBottom LowBottom 41-45, M 2 Responses Oct 3, 2008

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    Being Forgiving Does Not Mean Be A Doormat

    I think Forgiving someone does not automatically exclude you from saying No, I am done. Saying no and saying you are forgiven can go hand in hand. It simply says, yes i will forgive you, but i will not allow you to hurt me again. I think that forgiving someone, and allowing them...
    neuilly neuilly 61-65, F 10 Responses Dec 3, 2012

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    What I Believe And Learned About Forgiveness At

    first the theory, the thoughts, the things I believe. Then one real example from life. --- I believe that there is no fulfilling, rich life and no true happiness without forgiveness, no matter what has happened to myself. I also believe that there is no inward healing of...
    Dreammmer Dreammmer 46-50, M 2 Responses Feb 26

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    Forgiveness is an act of the will,

    and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart. Corrie Ten Boom
    Dreammmer Dreammmer 46-50, M 1 Response Feb 28

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    sarion30 sarion30 18-21, M Feb 5

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    I Forgive You

    It's taken some time for me to get there and it's not always easy but yes I believe in forgiveness. Forgiveness isn't for the person that hurt you,forgiveness is for you. The person that hurt you could careless about the pain, the anger, the bitterness and sadness they've caused...
    sexxydiva sexxydiva 36-40, F 12 Responses Aug 8, 2011

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    As difficult as it might be sometimes,

    I think it's so important to forgive. Forgiving someone, to me, doesn't mean that you are accepting that what the other person did/said was okay, but it's more of a personal decision to accept that it happened, and also a decision to not spend any more of your own time hating...
    caylee092 caylee092 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 27

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    I've learned forgiveness is possible

    and makes way for growth and love. Before I go any further I am going to make a disclaimer: this story will be a short novel about my life experiences as it relates to forgiveness. Growing up I had a particularly conflicted relationship with my father. There was abuse...
    RedHotCrazyPerson RedHotCrazyPerson 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 6

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    if you don't forgive,

    there's more weight to your shoulders. why carry more trouble than u already have? grudges drain your energy, i don't bother. forgive and move on
    basedgodschild basedgodschild 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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    She Likes Watching Me Screw Up

    I started working for my Dad a couple of months ago and although we've titled my role Office Assistant I have to know pretty much how everything runs, as if I owned the place because one day I may.I'm learning how to mix concrete, concrete colorants, building work orders, precast...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Oct 11, 2011

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    Reading what some people have posted I would

    like to share my experience. An experience I have only shared with my therapist. I was 18 and fresh out of high school. One night I was out with a friend and she introduced me to ecstasy. After a night of fun one of her male friends came to hang with us. Afterward we went...
    AlsoUnknown AlsoUnknown 31-35, F 3 Responses Feb 22

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    Forgiveness Is A Spiritual Tool

    I decided some time ago that the Great What Is didn't need my puny, itsy-bitsy, self-righteous arrogant "love" (can I even call it that?) I think the ability to love has to expand constantly, and this means letting go of the desire to take offense, and when I lose my judgment...
    FlowersNButterflies FlowersNButterflies 51-55, F 8 Responses Jun 29, 2010

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    Forgiveness Is The Merger Of Self And Others

    Be kind to yourself and you will find it natural to be kind to others.  Forgive others and you will naturally forgive yourself.  This is the essence of happiness.  It is liberating to recognize that we are connected in spirit and identity with those who hurt us and...
    jimmyblue jimmyblue 41-45, M 7 Responses Dec 18, 2009

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    Related Experiences

    I make mistakes and learn from it. I am not perfect. No matter how well you are doing without me, holding a grudge is only going to hold you back from being fully happy. I may not...
    TearfulNights22 TearfulNights22 22-25, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    The choice to forgive is not only the right thing to do, but the strongest thing you can do for yourself. To forgive is to put your own pride aside and be the bigger person... To...
    autumnslove autumnslove 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 30

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    I only give one more chance to people. After that it was intentional and I don't need extra drama.
    ariannexo ariannexo 18-21, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I do, but for some people it will take time, time will heal wounds better than anything else. It is hard to forgive, but it used to come very easily to me when I was small. Then...
    NTC123 NTC123 13-15, F 1 Response 23 hrs ago

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    I don't believe in forgiveness...at least I don't anymore. I used to be able to forgive people for small or big things, but now there's no such will inside me to forgive anyone...
    WithoutHope00 WithoutHope00 22-25, M 1 Response a week ago

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    1 - I believe in love and the power of love. I believe love has the power to turn a life around, for both the one who gives it freely and the one who receives it. I believe love...
    diablesse34 diablesse34 46-50, F 14 Responses Apr 4

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    Forgiveness I have done many things in the dark, things I'm not proud of, things that I need to ask forgiveness. But I haven't. I have not looked for forgiveness for my sins, and...
    OneHowlToTheMoon OneHowlToTheMoon 22-25, M 1 Response Apr 11

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