The Medicine of Forgiveness

I’ve always felt like to be forgiven is to be handed the keys to the jail and allowed to free yourself. We have so many things that push and pull at us in our lives that it’s impossible not to mess up once or twice, and the guilt that results can be toxic to our lives and the relationships we have. We’ve made a lot of advances in 2014, but one thing that hasn’t been able to be conquered is the harm that people can do to each other with their words.

We hear on a weekly basis about suicides and shootings because people have been slighted one too many times and can’t handle it. This is something we need to address as a whole society, and as individual people. We may live in the age of social media, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve really learned what it means to be social or communicate. On a weekly basis I have clients who ask me if connecting with other people on social media means posting their links on their pages. Over and over I have to clarify exactly what it means to be social because we seem to have forgotten some of the basics of what it means to be human and interact.

We’ve forgotten in this disposable age that our hearts are still very vulnerable and not as easily fixed, how easy it is to hurt someone, and how hard to repair the damage, unlike a car or cell phone. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of my heart breaking at the constant stream of hearing about hurt people around the world. I’d say its past time for us to get our acts in gear and learn again what it means to be human.  I believe the first step is forgiving and freeing all of the hurts we’ve held onto for far too long.

“Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.” Hannah More

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