Happy #ForgivingFridays everyone! Yay! This is an opportunity for you to let go and forgive & post about it ANY DAY this week! See guidelines below. ❤ You can post whatever inspires YOU to forgive and choose love – even if you’re struggling. e.g., try a poem, photo, or a story or inspiring quote, or share how you did forgiveness today (that’s what I did).
Today’s Forgiving Fridays is the incredible natural joy of forgiveness.
Yesterday, I was really grouchy with a friend. And the whole rest of the day, I judged myself pretty harshly. Well, if I’m a forgiveness coach and blogger, I guess I need to learn continually!
That’s the part that I forgot yesterday…. at least for a while.
Instead, I went around again and again in my head, replaying what I said and what he said back. Boy, did I hurt inside. So I just sat with myself. I gave myself love. I looked in the mirror and said, It’s going to be ok. (And today, I’m also adding: I am bigger than all of this. My spiritual heart is who I am.)
I went to people I trust because I needed perspective. I learned two things: (1) I can let go of the illusion that I am perfect; and (2) I am here to learn and that is an incredible gift of love.
When I drove home last night, I cried, and I did Self-forgiveness. The key when I did it is to forgive myself for judging — the power to forgive is inside of me, I can choose to see things as right or wrong, or I can let it go by forgiving the judgment. So key!
I forgive myself for judging myself for looking outside for love. (that’s an example ❤ )
And this morning, I got to a place of affirming what’s true. The truth is that I am love and I am learning, and so is my friend. And I love him. The truth is that I can always say I’m sorry starting with myself for hurting me. The truth is I am so courageous to look constantly at how I can grow, forgive, and love.
I did a video for you just this morning!
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Here are some photos of where I am in the process. The first one is yesterday when I was really judging. The last three are from this morning – look at the difference in my face! Even the shape is bigger and brighter this morning. Floored me with how forgiveness helps me to heal and be in joy.
I am SO SO grateful for all of you who contribute to Forgiving Fridays. I learn so much from you! Here are this week’s contributions:
Etta of Simply Etta D. shared gorgeous quotes to inspire us to pay attention and live fully and completely. Here’s an example: “Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” Thank you, Etta!
Revived Writer gave us a magnificent poem on having courage through anxiety and other mental health challenges. She is learning to open to her own compassion – and to forgive. Love it!
Pragalbha of Infinite Living wrote an inspired poem on accepting herself exactly as she is and seeing all with the divine eye of love….and moving forward with this knowing. So authentic!
Frank of Poetry, Short Prose and Walking contributed a poem that enriched me beyond words. Best I can describe his writing, he gives us a taste into the forgiveness that blesses us all. And great photos too!
Miriam of Out An’ About gave us a wonderful post on an evening of creativity and discovery in Melbourne. There was such connection and compassion, including a building with this question in lights: “What if you forgive someone today?” Outstanding!
And in case you missed it from last week: 🙂
DeBorah of Roaming Urban Gypsy shared a gorgeous poem of the Beloved — it’s an outpouring of love for all humanity illustrating the beauty of each one of us. Thank you, DeB!
And a blog post that I found inspiring today:
Cee of Cee’s Photography shared six words that inspired me to use every opportunity for my learning, upliftment, and growth. Simple, yes! Easy, not always. 🙂 Beautifully done, Cee!
As I open up to forgiveness, I don’t know exactly what will happen. What I do know is this: Forgiveness is a natural way to let the loving in to the very center of my beingness. It’s as simple as breathing in and breathing out.
I’d like to end with a poem I wrote at the beginning of my path to forgiveness coaching. I reread I last night when I really needed a friend. ❤
I love you.
***This post is my contribution for The Daily Post’s A Face in the Crowd and Frank’s Challenge, Shape. Frank, I found how judgment affects even the shape of my own face, and through forgiveness the joy shines through with a smile! Pretty amazing, thank you!!***
Here are the guidelines of #ForgivingFridays:
- Every day is Friday! Do a post today or anytime this week.
- Be creative – there’s LOTS of space for your expression! Write a poem, take a photo, post a quote, share your story … what opens your heart?
- Include #ForgivingFridays in your tags
- Create a pingback link to this post so I can find you.
- Have fun – you are awesome!!
Here’s the poem I read to myself last night:
Every day was a day
Drink in the love….it starts starts starts with
you receiving your own blessing.
Every day was a day to
See and hear and feel the wings of
L-O-V-E singing its name (OH what is that name, help ok got it ____ peace)
The dove comes to you not in your
Understand, not in your Coax, not in the -ing of
It comes in the “What if…..?” The
questioning of your being-ness, the hyphen shows
the way because it connects you,
every breath, every
to the God, the source, the river
of going home.
With “I forgive”