“Forgiveness is beautiful and it feels good when someone gives that gift to you. But it’s one thing for someone you wronged to forgive you. It was another to forgive yourself.” ~ Kristen Ashley
Forgiveness is a very powerful thing. Forgiving someone is not only unburdening the forgiven party, but it's also unburdening yourself from those negative feelings, which can be quite toxic.
But what we sometimes seem to neglect is forgiving ourselves. Why is this so? Why are we so reluctant to forgive ourselves when we so often stress the importance of forgiving others? It took me a very long time to realize the importance of this, but when I did it changed my life in so many ways.
I think it’s important to give ourselves the same second chance that we’re so willing to give others. I think it’s equally important that we not hold ourselves to an impossibly high standard. We are fallible. We will make mistakes. Every single day. Those mistakes do not define us. But our reaction to them most certainly can.
Have you ever had problems forgiving yourself in the past? If so, did you eventually come to a point where you could forgive yourself?