• Octavio Cesar Martinez

Why Should I Forgive? – l

Updated: Feb 18, 2019


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Forgiveness allows you to remember the event without reliving the pain. ―OCM
Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. ―Nelson Mandela

Forgiveness doesn’t require a specific—or even any—religious tradition. It only requires you to rid yourself of emotional baggage through forgiveness. Why? Because then you become free. And that freedom manifests differently in people. It could be: an increased effectiveness in your leadership, your creative output shoots up unexpectedly, your physical stamina soars, or your ability to enjoy life and relationships expands.


All because you practice forgiveness. From forgiving the guy who cut you off on the freeway to the grand betrayal in your life. All of us need to forgive someone. Remember, forgiveness is not about the other person, it’s about you. Of course forgiveness will free the one who harmed you even if they’re dead, in denial or remorseless, but you’re free. The person forgiveness frees, is you. And that’s when the benefits of freedom kick in.


Forgiveness frees you from past hurts, pain and betrayals. You become free of your need for an apology or for justice before you experience peace. Your ability to love people returns.


Now this does not mean what happened was okay, or that you allow that person to hurt you again. It does mean you are free.


And there’s still more. Forgiving others helps you accept forgiveness. Forgiven people become forgiving people.


Why should you forgive?

Because it is insanity to drink the poison of unforgiveness.

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