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Monday, April 7, 2014

Forgiveness Submission

The Power of Forgiveness -

Have you ever noticed how forgiving someone frees you to move on with your life? It can be a major decision though, especially if you feel you were seriously wronged. For the "New Year New You" 2015 season "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books plan to publish a book about the power of forgiveness. Let them know how forgiving someone changed your life. It can be something small like forgiving a rude driver who cut you off, or it can be something big like forgiving someone who caused a major negative event in your life. How did forgiving someone change your life in a positive way? Were you able to reestablish a relationship after forgiving? Did letting go of your hurt feelings heal you and bring you a sense of peace? Help others find the same resolution by sharing your story. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is June 30, 2014. You can learn more or submit at: http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/submit-your-story 


Elsie Amata said...

You and I wrote about the same topic, Sylvia. I learned I had to forgive myself before I could forgive anyone else that had caused me harm.

Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday.

AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

Jean said...

Forgiveness does a word of good for the forgiver. Frequently, the one being forgiven doesn't even realize they've done something wrong -- or maybe what they did was only wrong in the eyes of the person who felt wronged.

My parents raised my brother's daughter. Years ago, that bothered me a lot, and I was angry about it. Eventually, I realized it wasn't my problem, and my parents and my brother didn't have a problem with it, so it wasn't my place to have one either. I decided to let it go, and it made it much easier for me to have an unfettered relationship with my parents and my brother.

In my case, I've only experienced perceived wrongs, so it was, in many ways, easier for me to forgive or to let things go so they didn't bother me anymore.

Jean, visiting for the A-Z Challenge from Rantings and Ravings of an Insane Writer

Madhu said...

Very well put Sylvia! I have started following this philosophy for the past few years and generally feel that I am so much happier. Before I was the kind of person who would hold grudges, turning into a more forgiving person has made life so much better.

Leslie Melby said...

Well said. There is such freedom in forgiveness. I learned that when getting through my parents' divorce as an adult. Thanks for your post!

A.M. Guynes/Annikka Woods said...

You can give someone your forgiveness, but if you don't let it go you haven't really forgiven. Forgiving doesn't mean forgetting, but it's still important to let things go with the forgiveness.

Laurel Garver said...

Forgiveness involves absorbing the cost of someone else's hurtful action when your natural inclination is to extract some kind of payment, whether it's revenge on the perpetrator or a groveling apology from them.

Happy A-Zing
Laurel's Leaves

Kelbian Noel said...

It's hard to believe until you actually give into it, but forgiveness does heal. I've held grudges on occasion for small things and for big things, but learning to let go did wonders for my sanity. In some instances the relationship was repaired, in others it wasn't but I still felt better being able to let go of negative thoughts. Negativity in any form is bad for you--especially when self inflicted. Great post! Thanks for stopping by www.diverse-pages.com :)

Brandon Ax said...

I remember something a therapist told asked my om once. "Why are you letting them live rent free in your head?"

Always stayed with me. forgive and let go, it is hard, but as you said, freeing.

Brandon Ax: Writer's Storm

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Forgiveness helps you, hate and anger doesn't. Thanks for letting us know about this submission Sylvia.

betty said...

Thanks for visiting my blog (A Bench with a View) and your comment and following it. I do agree how important forgiving can be; I'll have to think about those I have forgiven and see if I have anything to write about to submit; thanks for the heads up about it!


Carol Graham said...

My entire memoir, Battered Hope, is about this subject. The reviews reflect this as people are amazed that I was able to so freely forgive all those that abused me. I would love to share further with you but the stories are many. Thank you

Jeanette said...

There has been a few people in my life that have hurt me deeply. I've since forgiven them but forgetting is a whole nother matter! Not so easy!

Nicole said...

This sounds like a great opportunity about a really powerful topic. Thanks for sharing, Sylvia!