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Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. April 22, 2010

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The insights and comments from our readers on the issue of forgiveness and letting go are clearly from the heart. In my simple view, forgiveness is an act of caring for myself. When you've been hurt by someone, it can take an almost superhuman effort to move forward. But I've learned that if I dwell on that past event, I'm surrendering and giving over my serenity and peace of mind. That's not a wise thing to do.

Of course, we want to others to embrace accountability and repentance, but we can't make that happen. And if amends aren't forthcoming, it's best for us to move on. As the scripture says, "Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words, go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet."

As you can see, I'm struggling with this concept. Please weigh in with your perspective on this difficult topic.

With

Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Apr. 22, 2010