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I Believe In Forgiveness

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    Theres a lot of wrong being done in the world

    because people think theyre beyond saving, they could never be forgiven. But im here to tell you, we can forgive one another and it is possible to heal from hurt. I think it begins with forgiving ourselves when what we do doesnt come out exactly right and let go of the idea of...
    shinjorai shinjorai 36-40, M 2 Responses Aug 17

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    Everyone has their shining moments,

    and everyone has those moments where they act like a complete jackass. I encounter a lot of haters in my daily life, and sometimes I feel so defensive about the things they say, and I judge them based on the way they speak to me. Then I remember back to the last time i was a...
    necxo necxo 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 28

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    Today I got completely irritated with a vendor

    and completely blew my top, screaming down the phone at him. I'm up against a very tight deadline and suddenly there are so many road blocks along the way and at the last minute he tells us that he can't supply what we want in time. This after everything was signed off on. It...
    Ladygrey79 Ladygrey79 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 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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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Apr 21

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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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    I don't know if I do.

    . I think it depends on the act or person your forgiving
    TashaBbb TashaBbb 18-21, F Jul 20

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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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    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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    6ABEBABE 6ABEBABE 13-15, M 1 Response Oct 12

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    And I will forgive everyone here

    for not wishing me happy birthday today lol
    WigginsEP WigginsEP 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 24

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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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    I've just been rejected harshly

    after trying to apologise to someone. At what point do you turn around to someone and ask him/her to forgive you for all the harm you might have caused. Unforgiveness is like slapping yourself in the face hoping the other person feels the pain. Its like a prison with keys into...
    toufie1 toufie1 22-25 Sep 30

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    Seldom do I forgive because I do my best at

    staying away from any area where I would have to apologize.
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 18-21, M Aug 30

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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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    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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    There was this gal who I thought was a good

    friend. She was probably 10 years older than me, but I enjoyed talking with her. She ended up dating my boyfriend's brother and come to find out, she told the brother I was a party girl. So naturally, he told his mom this out of concern. I didn't know any of this until her...
    ShimmerSquirrels13 ShimmerSquirrels13 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 14

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    i believe in forgiveness

    because God likes this...i know its difficult to forgive someone who makes u hurt but believe me i have experienced that by forgiving u will feel lighter ..
    happyhuman1 happyhuman1 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 22

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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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    Life is hard, I'm not going to lie

    and you will get hurt by the people around you especially from those you love but the important thing is to forgive. Show those people that your better than that. I always say that life is about taking chances and moving on in life. Everyone reading this is special in their own...
    RebeccaMontero RebeccaMontero 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 12

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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 3 Responses Mar 6, 2013

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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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    Sometimes I sit around

    and think wow I would be such an angry person if I didn't forgive people so much. Growing up I was pretty much isolated from people (mostly my parents fault for being controlling)...I only have one best friend that I've known since childhood and I love her to death. Trying to...
    Laidybug29 Laidybug29 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 9

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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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    Hashshlinging hasher!

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Bigbootyno2 Bigbootyno2 70+, T 1 Response Oct 13

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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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    CoveringThePain CoveringThePain 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 13

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    http://www.familylifeeducation.

    org/gilliland/procgroup/CorrieTenBoom.htm http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMn0QNdiuGE Those two links both have to do with forgiveness. The top one is about Corrie ten Boom, a survivor of the Ravensbrück Nazi concentration camp. The second is a song by my favorite singer...
    RuthieAnja RuthieAnja 18-21, F Oct 16

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    Before I went through an experience

    that challenged me in ways I never thought possible, I would have said I couldn't forgive. But then I found out what it means to say you truly hate another human being. I hope I never feel that way again, it was awful and all consuming. It also caused more harm to me than what...
    hannahj26 hannahj26 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 19

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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 32 Responses Jun 28, 2010

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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, F 7 Responses Mar 20

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    Every one deserves a second chance ,

    I I will always give them that chance !
    spiritualape spiritualape 36-40, M 4 Responses Aug 25

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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 2 Responses Mar 9

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    Has anyone ever heard the saying: "Forgive

    and forget" ? I live by that quote and it practically leads my life.
    HappensForAReason HappensForAReason 13-15, M 2 Responses Aug 25

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    I believe in forgiving people

    because it can ease a bit of your stress. It has for me. I do not believe in forgetting the wrong they did to you because they are capable of doing it again. So once you see their true colors, you can forgive them from afar. A friend of mine a few years back was dating the...
    guideme2truth guideme2truth 26-30, F 5 Responses Aug 20

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    Most def. It's the only way

    that I can function now, cause people forgive.
    TheEmberLeader TheEmberLeader 22-25, M 2 Responses Oct 12

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    Yes I forgive those who have done wrong to me

    and have been forgiven by those I have wronged.
    roselani2005 roselani2005 26-30, F Aug 17

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    I BELEIVE in Forgiveness I don't have much

    patients but I try an forgive I hope one day I can forgive myself!!!! I can forgive others with time sometimes I feel as if I stretch myself thin with trying to help an save other ppl bc I feel like I can really help them lol!! Sometimes I do sometimes I don't but I will pray an...
    JacodyProphecy JacodyProphecy 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 19

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    Sometimes being fooled by love is worth the

    price. At least you know you're alive and capable of feeling, even if all you end up with is chest pain.
    afoolishheart afoolishheart 46-50, F 3 Responses Aug 29

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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 might make us look weak,

    but the weakest person is the one who holds anger, hatred, and revenge.
    sarahalhaj sarahalhaj 18-21, F 7 Responses May 2

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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 11 Responses Aug 8, 2011

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    hey all ! ... this is important

    and big. can i have a small time of yours, just little.. few minutes.. i sign up here around a year back to share my story with people and i did. i expected people will help me out from my heart broken stage and yes to maximum extend people helped, thanks a lot... then i began...
    heartless2 heartless2 22-25, M Jul 22

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    Forgiving does not erase the bitter past.

    A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future. Lewis B. Smedes
    Lostnalone22 Lostnalone22 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 13

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    hey all ! ... this is important

    and big. can i have a small time of yours, just little.. few minutes.. i sign up here around a year back to share my story with people and i did. i expected people will help me out from my heart broken stage and yes to maximum extend people helped, thanks a lot... then i began...
    heartless2 heartless2 22-25, M Jul 22

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    Yes I believe! But there's a

    but already, you can't change whatever happened but you can move on, and it never be the same as use to be.
    Gettingout72 Gettingout72 41-45, F 3 Responses Aug 13

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    I forgive people because I believe in second

    chances but just because i forgive dosent mean i forget.
    HopeForReson HopeForReson 16-17, F Jul 20

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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 4 Responses Oct 5, 2013

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    Here are forgiveness tips

    and adaptive coping strategies you can use every day: You don't need to talk to a therapist -- venting hurts and resentments with a trusted friend or family member can be beneficial. Writing down your hurts and resentments in a letter can be a form of commitment. Then trash or...
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses May 28

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    It's not easy to forgive

    if you will use your feelings... Forgiveness is not only a feeling it's a decision...
    onionheart16 onionheart16 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 24

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    In my life... I have had a lot of things taken

    from me, or have been hurt by people that was suppose to be there to protect me, has a lifetime of hurt with trusting the wrong people. For a long time I held onto bitterness and resentment, only recently (last year or so) i have started to truly forgive (ongoing process) in...
    Qwert143 Qwert143 22-25 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Hey mom, it's been a long time

    since we've seen each other, and even longer since we've spoken. I was 17 when I moved out, you said nothing, when Chrystal died and you showed up at the funeral, you said nothing. Ty says that you never talk about me, and when he brings me up, you act as if you've heard nothing...
    CongratulationS CongratulationS 22-25, M 4 Responses Oct 4

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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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