Today’s forgiving journal: What forgiving is for me

Today’s forgiving journal is about what forgiving is for me.

I went to the liberty bell yesterday.  As I was walking through the exhibit, I saw a sign for a “fun room”.  I figured I needed to check that out!

Turns out that it’s a room for kids. There are stickie notes available for kids to write what liberty means for them, and they can put it right up on a big white poster with all the other kids’ stickies.   I did one too. I wrote, “Liberty means to me love and acceptance of all.”

This is so much of what forgiving is for me … when I forgive, it is an inner act of love and acceptance of all …..

And what I’m aware of is how grouchy I am as I’m writing this blog!  I just realized that today is the day I’m meeting with someone about next steps on where I’m living, and I’m scared.  What a great opportunity to practice love and acceptance, right?

1 – Self-forgiveness: I forgive myself for judging myself for not wanting to experience fear and upset.

2 – Letting go: I let go of all this judgment into the Light, and I am simply present with me.

3 – Gratitude: I am grateful for honoring myself enough to REALLY come present to what was going on inside of me and to be my own best friend.  I am grateful for the liberty of love and acceptance.


Sometimes, it’s the simplest acts of coming present … of seeing the Light within darkness … of love and acceptance of all … that can change an entire day.

When I write love and acceptance of all, I am aware that it starts inside.  I have a lot to learn about that, and sharing this journey with you is a gift.

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Wouldn’t it be cool to create a virtual space for all of us to put up stickies on “What Forgiving Means to Me…” ?  ❤

I love you.



ps – here’s another blog post on light within darkness for more support!


Note: this post is my contribution for Dutch Goes the Photo’s challenge, Light.  OK Frank, so I realize I didn’t capture how the Light plays on images.  What I did capture is these kids’ stickies and the presence of Light represented by each note.  It was truly awe inspiring to look at the poster … like a wall of Light in myriad colors.

30 thoughts on “Today’s forgiving journal: What forgiving is for me

  1. Great photos! What liberty mans to me is the freedom to be fully myself, honouring who I am and the beauty within me – accepting all of that in others too.

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  2. What a great idea of them to do that board! And thank you Debbie for sharing this experience with us and your thought about liberty, it had really made me think a lot actually… what you said wouldn’t have been my first thought connected to liberty but then after reading through your post and your reason behind it I understood I would have intended the same things but with other words (maybe because English is not my native language 😀 )
    Anyway, thank you Debbie, your posts always leave me something inside which makes me more aware and conscious of what I feel, thank you ❤️

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    1. Lisa that is wonderful! I’m so happy to hear it. 🙂 I was surprised myself at what came out when I wrote about liberty. I am so grateful … learned a lot!
      Many blessings to you, thanks for your comments. ❤


  3. I am going to spend time today reflecting on the concept of liberty. The freedom to accept and be accepted, and to let go. And this week, hold onto acceptance in the face of conflict. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. You too, Rhonda! I’m so glad that you are here.
      Funny, I needed that reminder right about now… “Forgiving is an act of love.” It is true, and I forgive myself for judging myself for having a tough time with loving myself today. ❤ It is all a journey and I am grateful for it, and for you Rhonda.
      Many blessings, my friend. Enjoy your week.


      1. I think– how can I love my husband (friend, relative…) apart from loving them. They go hand in hand. And Jesus’ biggest act of love for us was his death that imparts our forgiveness. It’s just one way we love. Thank you for making me think Debbie…

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