I Forgive

“I forgive the tears I was made to shed,
I forgive the pain and the disappointments,
I forgive the betrayals and the lies,
I forgive the slanders and intrigues,
I forgive the hatred and the persecution,
I forgive the blows that hurt me,
I forgive the wrecked dreams,
I forgive the stillborn hopes,
I forgive the hostility and jealousy,
I forgive the indifference and ill will,
I forgive the injustice carried out in the name of justice,
I forgive the anger and the cruelty,
I forgive the neglect and contempt,
I forgive the world and all its evils.”

“I also forgive myself.  May the misfortunes of the past no longer weigh on my heart. Instead of pain and resentment, I choose understanding and compassion… Instead of grief, I choose forgetting. Instead of vengeance, I choose victory.”

“I will be capable of loving, regardless of whether I am loved in return.
Of giving, even when I have nothing,
Of working happily, even in the midst of difficulties,
Of holding out my hand, even when utterly alone and abandoned,
Of drying my tears, even while I weep,
Of believing, even when no one believes in me.”

– from ALEPH by Paulo Coelho

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– J. Ela

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