On NPR’s Life Kit, Stephanie O’Neill explains what forgiveness actually entails. The piece also offers effective ways to forgive and details how the concept is often highly individual.
“Contrary to popular opinion, the practice of forgiveness is not about condoning or making excuses for unfair treatment and other hurtful behaviors. It’s not about getting an apology or a show of remorse from the offending party. And despite what’s portrayed in films, novels, poems and love songs, it’s not necessarily about reconciliation. Granted, reconnecting with loved ones can be a wonderful byproduct of forgiveness, but it’s not a requirement or even a goal in some cases — especially if doing so would subject you to more harm.”
Read “Why Forgiving Someone Else Is Really About You” on NPR here
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