Day 1649: Forgiveness

Please forgive me, dear readers, for writing another post about forgiveness.

Last night’s therapy group was about forgiveness. I hope you can forgive my messy handwriting on the white board:


Forgive me for asking: how would you answer those questions?

People last night had a lot to say about forgiveness. I said that I found it easier to forgive others than to forgive myself. Β Here and now, I forgive myself for taking only one other photo yesterday.


I wonder if the New Yorkers reading this post can forgive me for being a life-long Boston Red Sox fan.

Earlier this week, my therapist, George, suggested that I write down hurtful things Β people have done to me so that I can work on really letting them go. I believe that George was talking to me about the healing power of forgiveness — of my self and of others.

Forgive me for including more than one tune about forgiveness (here and here on forgiving YouTube):

I’ll forgive you if you don’t leave a comment, but I might not forgive myself if I didn’t ask that you do.

Thanks to all who helped me create this post about forgiveness and — of course! — to you, for the forgiveness you bring.

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35 thoughts on “Day 1649: Forgiveness

  1. Forgive me Ann if I don’t come up with something clever to say. Even if you don’t, I’ll forgive you for it. But I know you will. πŸ™‚

  2. Very cool that you have a therapist who is a former police officer helping you with forgiveness. He must have a unique insight. (I followed your links)

    • Forgive me for using your words to point out that you are very cool, Maureen, and that you have a unique insight. Thanks for following me!

  3. I know someone who goes to a forgiveness group. Every week.
    I just need to forgive myself for not forgiving a few folks in my life.

  4. I’ve always liked the phrase “forgive and forget” but I hope you’ll forgive me for thinking there should be a better way to express that idea and failing to come up with one. It’s unfair to ask anyone to forget the past, but the essence of forgiveness is putting the past behind us.
    Now I realize the best phrase for forgiveness is “Let bygones be bygones”.

    • Forgive me, Chris, for letting you know that “let bygones be bygones” occurred to me during that forgiveness group. You’re the best.

  5. You need no forgiveness, Ann, for being you.

  6. Forgiveness is hard when I 1) haven’t let something go or 2) the person does the same thing again, which…requires further work and letting go. Nice to hear about someone else’s efforts!

  7. So many people think forgiveness is about the other person when in fact it is about our own peace well for me it is

  8. I think I’m forgiving. Of most things and peoples. But one. :/

  9. True forgiveness cannot involve forgetting

  10. Have you met Debbie of Forgiving Connects? She has a lovely blog basex around forgiveness. I thi k you would enjoy it. 😊

  11. Forgive me for being such a slow reader. πŸ™πŸ™ƒ

  12. My favorite quote on this is.”Holding on to unforgiveness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”
    Forgive me if you’ve heard that already. πŸ™‚

  13. Forgiveness is for the one doing the forgiving. Letting go is the only way to heal.

  14. Throwing myself into forgiveness, repeatedly, deliberately, seems to be the only thing that loosens up this mind. Without a determination to forgive, I have noticed hard feelings and resentment still around years later.

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