Saturday, January 02, 2010

to be forgiving.

i found that there are different levels of forgiving someone. to forgive someone, according to the merriam-webster dictionary, is "to give up resentment of or claim to requital for (forgive an insult)." or "to grant relief of payment from (forgive a debt)." or "to cease to feel resentment against (an offender)."

or simply... "to grant forgiveness."

but granting this aforementioned forgiveness is so difficult for so many people. why? because someone may say that they have forgiven you or someone else when really, they haven't. and they have to live with pretending that everything is okay, all the while the anger and resentment is eating them up inside.

i admit, i know first hand how hard it is to forgive someone who has done you wrong. it's hard to understand that people can really be sorry for being purposefully mean, cold, and unfriendly. but it happens. people can be sorry.

i can't even count the number of people that have been kind enough to forgive me over the years. forgive me for things like being the person they landed on when they rolled their ankle or for something small like owing them a couple bucks.

so if other people are strong enough to be forgiving, i can surely try just as hard.

this is my new year's resolution: to be forgiving.

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