Forgiveness and letting things go are two of the healthiest practices you can cultivate. Those who learn to let go and forgive generally enjoy better health and greater peace of mind than those who don’t.
Most people understand this … at least intellectually.
Yet many people struggle with doing so.
While it’s understandable that people struggle to forgive serious acts of aggression or malice, it never ceases to amaze me how many people struggle to forgive comparatively minor, even trivial offenses.
If another person does something that frustrates, annoys, inconveniences, or irritates you, ask yourself this:
- Did they intend to hurt me?
- Were they being deliberately careless or reckless? Or perhaps just a little clueless or oblivious?
- Was it (from the other person’s point of view) an honest mistake?
- Will the inconvenience, frustration, irritation matter a year from now? a month from now? a week from now? a day from now?
Life is too short for petty grievances and unnecessary drama.
Learn to let things go.
Forgive and move forward.