Forgiveness: The Forgotten Skill


Forgiveness isn’t usually thought as a life skill, except in religious traditions, but it should be. It is important in all walks of life including at work. We spend most of our waking hours there, increasing our chances for conflict, anger and hurt feelings.

Forgiveness isn’t just a virtuous thing to do. It’s a smart thing to do. Here are some thoughts on forgiveness:

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”
– Louis B. Smedes

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”
– Paul Boese

“It is the act of forgiveness that opens up the only possible way to think creatively about the future at all.”
– Father Desmond Wilson

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Forgiveness is an act of courage. There is no guarantee that it will lead another person to change. The only guarantee is you will live the life of your choosing, a life of greater happiness and effectiveness.


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