“To err is human, to forgive, divine.”
― Alexander Pope
Spring has sprung. For many, that means a time for cleaning, awakening, blossoming, and other things that evoke a sense of renewal. We begin to turn over new leaves of the flowers that bloom. But the area around us isn’t the only thing thing that can become new. Even as people, we are capable of shedding old skin to reveal a fresh new self. What better way to grow than to let go of the indiscretions of our past and to forgive, not only others but ourselves?
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
Let people be who they are in that moment. They will be, just what they feel they need to be. Do not get bogged down on what they’ve done or what they’ve said if they are actively trying to shed that cloak and start anew. An appreciation of growth gives those around us the room to become better. Give yourself the same forgiveness. You are not defined by your actions, and neither is anyone else. Even the deepest pain from the past can fall away like feathers if you let it.
“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
― Mark Twain
In this season of regeneration, I encourage you to cultivate forgiveness, and make it just as important as cleaning out your closet. Let me know in the comments how you plan to forgive others and yourself!
“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
― C.S. Lewis