Forgiveness is a process
To forgive means: To grant pardon.
How apologizing is beneficial An apology is an acknowledgment that their behavior negatively affected another, and that there’s some level of remorse.
Keep these points in mind when someone chooses not to apologize
Your worth remains – their character is shown
Your pain is valid – their lack of empathy is demonstrated
Your experiences are valid. The pain from the wrong doing is valid however, you are not defined by the wrongdoings. You hold the power so focusing on your own journey, who you are today, what you have learned about yourself from reflecting and about where you know you want to be and put your energy into YOU!
IMPORTANT: Do NOT give someone who lacks empathy YOUR power.
Ways to Accept the Apology You Never Received If you forgive it does not mean you have to accept their behavior, entertain the person or even forget their behavior. It also does not mean that the individual must remain an active part of your life. Understand that there is power in letting go and making peace within you to be stronger and wiser.
Below are a few things you should absolutely do in your forgiveness process. 1.Release Allow yourself to feel the emotional response of the wrong doing. Living in the funk sucks but it’s the first step to healing. Please don’t bottle up your feelings of hurt, anger, betrayed, etc.
DIGEST & LET GO 2.Reflect Try to understand the other perspective. Yes, your first response to this is “what the what but take a moment to understand each person’s role in the situation. Think about the person that wronged you- their upbringing, how their own history, background plays a role in their decisions. I’m not asking you to excuse it but to try to understand it. So what was their journey and how did that play a role? Now this doesn’t mean to question the person, just reflect with your own understanding. Also, as you reflect take note of you have your own part in this. 3.Remove Your Own Fantasies Let go of how you envision the outcome, what you believe should happen. The should’ve, could’ve, would’ve. Don’t be so invested in how it ought to be that you aren’t able to accept how it is. 4.Consider Your Health According to Mayo Clinic holding on to grudges affects your physical health, emotional health, and medical health.
Health Benefits of Forgiving
Improved mental health
Less anxiety, stress, hostility
Fewer symptoms of depression
A stronger immune system
Improved heart health
Improved self-esteem Here’s How You Grow ( There are lessons in EVERYTHING)
Analyze what you have learned about yourself, your values, standards, beliefs?
Take time to appreciate your own growth through this experience
Celebrate your growth
Remember forgiveness is a process- move within the
above steps as needed to help with healing. Take Care & Be Intentionally Hopeful, By: Chautè Thompson, LMHC, CDWF
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