Happy #ForgivingFridays everyone! Yay! This is an opportunity for you to let go and forgive. You can do your post ANY DAY this week! Anything that inspires YOU to forgive and choose love – even if you’re struggling. e.g., write a poem, share a quote or video, do an act of kindness, forgive yourself or someone else. 🙂 I look forward to see what you do!
Today’s Forgiving Fridays is Bringing Love to What You’re Judging.
Firstly, I’d like to start by introducing you to my partner David today! As I mentioned in a previous post, he’s an amazing photographer and writer. David teaches me so much about unconditional love and acceptance. I’m so excited to have him here.
Here’s a photo slideshow from David on our trip to Sedona — it’s incredible!:
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And here’s my contribution for #ForgivingFridays:
Frank of Dutch Goes the Photo does a weekly photo challenge. This week’s topic is “heat”.
This is perfect for me! It so happens that I’m in Sedona with my partner, David. We found a hike yesterday that helped us stay cool even when it was hot (we hiked mid-day!).
There are such analogies with forgiveness! I’ve also had numerous opportunities on our vacation to stay cool even when I got “hot” inside – when I got upset by something that David did.
The biggest opportunity that I had was right after the hike. I got really demanding with something he said, and I had a lot of trouble stopping myself from getting upset. I didn’t feel nurtured, or heard. (That was an issue for me when I was kid.) I acted in a way that I’m not proud of, and I felt scared afterward that he would leave.
Really, the one who’s leaving is me when I don’t love myself through what I’m doing. The issue is not the behavior – it’s the fact that I judge myself for doing it. I have another choice. 💜
The real key for me is for me to be still, to connect with my own loving, and to forgive myself for judging. To be willing to shift my perspective.
I forgive myself for judging myself for not stopping myself with David today.
I forgive myself for judging myself for wishing I’d listened more, and talked less.
I forgive myself for judging myself for not feeling taken care of as a kid.
Today, right now, I choose to love myself no matter what. So no matter how “hot” I get, I make it safe inside to learn and grow. From this place, I can see more clearly how I can take really good, gentle care of myself. And I can see how I’d like to be with David as I grow this relationship.
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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. gave us a courageous invitation to embrace change and support and believe in ourselves – we are our greatest asset!
DeB of Roaming Urban Gypsy contributed a collage of photos of her latest acrylic paintings, as well as the work of a wonderful black artist who inspires her. Two great artists with a vision of love!
Revived Writer contributed a poem on seeing people through the eyes of love, reminding us that gold is inside each one of us. Thank you – I love this!
Frank of Poetry, Short Prose and Walking wrote a short story on the love of a boy’s great aunt for her husband. It illustrates the power of love to heal all — even death. A heart-warming post!
Miriam of Out An’ About shared a beautiful post on embracing herself no matter how she’s feeling and allowing her dreams to come present. Includes an original graphic on living in the moment!
Pragalbha of Infinite Living wrote a poem on how even in the darkest of times, we can keep going, step-by-step, and awaken to the miracle of new beginnings. A great example of forgiveness!
And in case you missed it…
Nikki of A Kinder Way shared a wonderful analogy of how we can move forward on our goals even when all our ducks aren’t in a row. Plus an adorable photo to illustrate!
Anita of Healing Words gave us a post full of sunshine, affirmations and humor. What wonderful keys to forgive!
I’d like to end with a video that David and I did to invite people to forgive today live from Sedona – our first video on this blog!
I love 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!