Forgiveness frees you from the prison of your emotions
There was a time I thought forgiving the unworthy was unjust.
I thought that it would make them feel better.
So, I kept my angst, and my anger and refused to give in.
I was young then.
And pretty good at bearing grudges, believe me, I can hold out with the best of em.
Luckily, there is a wisdom that slowly permeates your being with the passage of time.
You realize that forgiveness is for —
Your health, and
You forgive even if the perpetrator is unable and or unwilling to be contrite, you forgive.
You forgive for their sake and mostly for yours.
In forgiving the unforgiving, you release their stronghold over you.
In forgiving, you set yourself free.
In forgiving, you grow.
In forgiving, you find peace.
In forgiving, you rise.
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” —unknown
Written in response to a prompt by Lucy Dan 蛋小姐 (she/her/她)
“Writing Prompt: Why are we constantly asked to forgive people who aren’t sorry?”
Pene Hodge is a mom, a nurse, a writer. She writes because she must. She loves people and is committed to sharing and gleaning knowledge for the betterment of all.