Forgiveness Is All You Need
When I was younger I used to think that all I wanted was to be happy. I thought that I would be happy when everything went my way or I got what I wanted, whatever that may be at the moment. A lot of the time, I was able to have things go my way and get what I wanted but there are always times when life has other plans for us that we can’t control or change no matter what we do.
Now after 39 years I realize all my attempts at happiness and peace were never going to be lasting or real. The past couple of years have brought me to a place where I realize what really makes me happy & at peace. Forgiveness. Forgiveness of myself for all my mistakes and forgiveness of EVERYONE else for their mistakes, no matter how ‘bad’ they are. Treating all others the way I would like to be treated. Not just people who ‘deserve’ it. In fact, the people we perceive as less deserving might just need unconditional love and forgiveness the most.
I also never understood the true meaning of Forgiveness. To forgive is to only remember the loving thoughts I gave and those loving thoughts given to me. All the rest needs to be forgotten (A Course In Miracles). And to realize that it is not my job to change anyone but to accept them exactly as they are (ACIM). And to literally not judge anyone. I can’t be so naïve to think that I know better than anyone else. Only God knows the plan and I need to leave it all up to him.
God loves each and every one of us exactly the same. He loves us no matter what, mistakes and all. So the way to peace and happiness is choosing God’s will (love for ALL) over our own ego-driven desires. Imagine if one day everyone chose God’s will? Try to see beyond peoples shortcomings and see the innocence in everyone.
While I am certainly not perfect and make mistakes everyday, I always come back to love and forgiveness as quick as I can so I can try again at being the person God created me to be. Remembering that everything we give (good or bad) is given right back to us. Give only love and true forgiveness.