Virtue of the Month

      Forgiveness

      Being forgiving is giving someone another chance after they have done something wrong, knowing that everyone makes mistakes.  It is making amends instead of taking revenge.  It is important to forgive yourself, too.  Forgiving yourself means to stop punishing yourself or feeling hopeless because of a mistake.  Forgiveness is moving ahead, ready to act differently, with compassion for yourself and faith that you can change. 

      Congratulations! You are practising Forgiveness when you …

      • Remember that everyone makes mistakes
      • Take responsibility for your own mistakes
      • Share your feelings without taking revenge
      • Stop giving uncaring people the chance to hurt you
      • Accept people without judgement or criticism
      • Make amends instead of punishing yourself with guilt

      Affirmation – I am forgiving of others and myself.  I am willing to give and receive amends.  I learn from my mistakes.  I have the power to keep changing for the better.