Writing How to Forgive Someone and Move On was inspire by one night listening to Tim McGraw’s song “Humble and Kind.” I was struck by one line that says not to hold a grudge because “bitterness keeps you from flying.”
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“By far the strongest poison to the human spirit is the inability to forgive oneself or another person. Forgiveness is no long an option but a necessity for healing.”Caroline Myss
The song is an inspiration for living a good life, but that part of the song just stopped me in my tracks. Learning how to forgive someone who hurt you intentionally is a lesson we should all know.
Forgiveness is one of the most challenging things we can learn in our lifetime, but when you realize you are allowing someone else to continue to hurt you long after the darkness has passed, it means they have control over your future.
How to forgive someone and let go is hard. Really hard.
I wish the world were filled with only kind and loving people, but that’s not the case, as we all know.
I’m not an authority on the matter. I have had a hard time forgiving a couple of people who have crossed my path.
Listening to that song shifted things a bit for me because I realize that it’s so important in life to offer the world your finest self. Your best isn’t offered when you’re spending your life reviewing the bad things that have happened along the journey.
Forgiving someone doesn’t mean you approve of the person they are or that what they did is acceptable. It just means you love yourself enough to go forward in life and let go of what no longer serves you.
You owe that to yourself and those that you encounter in your life.
Forgiveness also doesn’t mean you’re obligated to have the person in your life anymore.
Some people can say a prayer and offer forgiveness, and the weight immediately lifts off their shoulders.
Others forgive bit by bit until the negative thought of the individual is finally released, and they can move on.
Unfortunately, most of us continue to hold on to the anger and play the movie of what happened in our head over again. It ends up doing so much damage you are uncertain how to fix it.
This article applies to everyone that wants to move on with their life
- How to forgive yourself
- How to forgive someone who cheated
- How to forgive your parents
- How to forgive someone who keeps hurting you
- How to forgive someone who isn’t sorry
- How to forgive yourself
It’s the same formula for whoever the person is that needs to be forgiven.
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Here are the 5 Ideas on How to Forgive and Move On:
1. How to forgive and let go so you can be the best version of yourself
You know for your well-being, you should forgive people. You’ve tried, but it was just too hard.
Even when you know by not forgiving, you’re only doing continuous damage to yourself.
When you finally realize that you’re part of a bigger picture and that by not forgiving, you’re not allowing yourself to be an instrument to create more extraordinary things – this awareness might be enough to shift your perspective.
This outlook changes your focus from the person who hurt you to the gifts you have to offer the world that is still unrealized.
The world needs the light that only you have to offer, and no one is worth dimming it.
After encountering someone in my life who caused a lot of damage, I have chosen to bring those projects languishing in my file cabinets to life.
I know by tackling these projects, I’ll be bringing positive things out into the universe.
Whenever the thought of the person enters my mind, I immediately start working on a task that will help me complete a project.
2. How to forgive and forget by holding a ceremony
Write a letter to the person in question detailing your version of what happened. Detail how their actions caused you hurt.
Once you spill every ounce of thought of this person on paper, build a bonfire and burn those words because you are willing to let the past go up in smoke and find out who you are without those anchors.
It might take you more than once to do this to release the pain.
3. How to forgive someone by focusing on the lesson
Sometimes people come into your life to teach you something about yourself.
We are too close at times to understand what the purpose of the interaction brings about, but if you can distance yourself enough to view the problem without emotion, you might find a lesson that you need to learn.
You hear of victims who created a support system to help other victims of the same situation. What was one thing you learned from the experience, and how can you help others who encounter the same thing?
Is there a new path that this experience took you on, and how has that improved your life?
Perhaps what you gained was the strength to get you through other hard times.
4. Refuse the “gift”
Someone I once knew that was incredibly wise told me every day you have the choice of whether you accept someone else’s present.
He said the gift is usually cheerfully wrapped in the package with a colorful bow, but inside the present is hate, anger, insecurities, emotional immaturity, and fear.
These “gifts” come in the form of gossip, personal jabs, racism, and hurtful acts.
People are suffering, and they’re trying to share their burdens with you. Participating in these acts will cause others to harm as well as yourself.
This wise sage told me you always have a choice in life whether or not you want to accept the box.
If you decide to take the gift, you then get to carry the burden as well as the person that gave it to you.
It’s time to drop those perfectly wrapped presents into the trash, forgive the person that gave them to you, and realize you had the power to refuse them all along.
How do you let go of the past? By knowing that you have a choice to carry someone else’s burden into the future.
5. How to pray for forgiveness by blessing them
This idea is a bit hard.
The next time the thought of the person that betrayed you enters your mind, do something different. Instead of reliving the harm, bless them and send them on their way. I
Realize that you are dealing with an individual with the hurt. They are dealing with themselves.
Once you feel betrayed or hurt at a deep level, you don’t want anyone to experience what you went through.
In your mind, thank them for coming and letting them know you no longer need their visits.
Bless them and refocus your energy. Do this until it becomes a habit.
Never underestimate the power of prayer. We could all use a little help getting us out of our way, and praying for guidance might be just what you need.
If you’ve tried everything and you still don’t have the results you need, then you also might want to consider getting professional guidance.
Who would you be if the unpleasant memories of the past hadn’t happened?
Envisioning our best selves might be something every one of us needs to reflect on. It’s not too late.
I hope for you that one of these ideas will help you find forgiveness, and you’ll begin to move forward with your life.
How to forgive someone who has hurt you emotionally will be worth the effort you put into releasing the toxic energy.
Do great things with your time on earth despite what has happened to you in your past. You were meant to fly, little eagle.
So fly. Then soar. The world is waiting.
If you need more ideas on forgiveness, one of my favorite speakers is Joyce Meyer. She speaks about forgiveness in this video:
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