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QUOTE: "To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you." ~ Lewis B. Smedes
While we tend to think of forgiveness as an act of grace toward the other person, it’s really for us.
Psychologists generally define forgiveness as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.
I saw a news clip of a woman who forgave her son’s murderer and offered him tenancy in her building. Here is a similar story.
While you don’t have to go to the same measures upon forgiveness, realize that the psychological and emotional burden is lifted from you. The other person could feel nothing, but you will definitely feel release.
This week, try this: Practice with small things. The next time someone says something that hurts your feelings/pride/ego, tell yourself what you need to to let that grudge go. Maybe it’s looking at it from their perspective, maybe it’s actually saying to yourself, “I will not let your words hurt me.”
Will you forgive me after this yoga sequence?
Unlike your hip joint, your shoulder joint is really just a bunch of bones meeting at one point to act as places for muscles to attach. This means there are all sorts of tendons and cartilage to get messed up. Take care of your shoulders!
EDUCATOR RESOURCE: Forgiveness with Ashley Monier and Abigail Haloftis on the Teachers’ Classroom podcast. These two students at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville talked about what forgiveness is and isn’t and why RE-forgiveness is something we all need to practice.
DAD JOKE: I used to be addicted to the hokey-pokey. But then I turned myself around.
Have a great week!
SEL Coach Matt Weld creates and delivers in-person and online SEL-related content.