Saturday, May 22, 2021
Empathy -> Forgiveness
Putting ourselves in the shoes of the other person and not taking things the other person did personally when someone else says or does something is the key to forgiveness. Remember what a person says or does is usually not about you. Often you are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. What they say or do is about them, not you. Your taking offense is always optional, but if the other persons actions give cause for deep concern for the safety of you or others, it could be best to involve the authorities or police. Even then, forgiveness allows you to move on with your life. Just see yourself as separate and immune from the actions of another who may have been traumatized early in their life or just be having a bad day.
So forgiveness here is the key to moving on with your life in spite of the actions of another. We are not forgiving the bad behavior, we are forgiving the other person for not knowing better, maybe due to an difficult early life and a failure to rise above it. Remember this: forgiving the other person enables us to best move forward in our own life.
Hope this helps you when the need for forgiveness arises.