2. Forgive readily.
I’m gonna keep this simple, because it’s something that I happen to seriously struggle with.
I’m a person who has a lot to give, but once it’s spent, I have a hard time not resenting all my wasted effort and good intentions. I don’t like it when my relationships don’t pan out as expected, and it’s only lately that I’m accepting that sometimes it’s no one’s fault.
There’s not always a need to point the finger and place blame. Sometimes things just are.
And sometimes, by doing nothing more than being his or her self, and that self not meshing with who you are, a person can hurt you. That’s a reality of life in a world with 7 billion people in it, who all see things in a completely unique way.
It’s no one’s fault. And that’s why we have to forgive readily.
We’re all constantly-growing, -maturing, -evolving humans, and we’ll all make mistakes.
Vulnerability is allowing someone who has hurt you the possible opportunity to hurt you again…that’s scary. Many a grudge has been justified with the idea that “it would be foolish to give that person a chance to burn me again”.
But vulnerability is the willingness to say to yourself “I’m imperfect, and so is this person. I can only hope that someone would be willing to forgive me if I stumble during this journey of life…and I will do my best to extend that grace to the next person.”
We’re all just out here trying to do our best with the lives we have.
So let’s lighten up on each other.