To forgive is to let go of hurt and to be grateful in advance for it. It is to acknowledge that everyone plays a role in your life, and it is to thank the universe for the opportunity to turn that hurt into growth. It is the equivalent of thanking the weights at the gym for providing you with the pain you need in order to grow.

And in the same way that you lift heavier weights, you also make better choices. The sooner you let go of hurt, the faster you can get into your own personal growth.

Forgive yourself and everyone for being human. Forgive those who hurt you, and learn your lessons. They played their role, they brought their gifts, and now you must grow.

Even if you feel the person deserves punishment, allow the universe to decide. If they’re truly bad, then they’ll pay by the life they lead and the debt they owe.

Never stay stuck in hurt or seek revenge, or you’ll hurt yourself and become like them. Take responsibility for the roles you played, forgive yourself, forgive others, and be grateful for it all.

To understand is to forgive. ― Blaise Pascal

Holding a grudge does not hurt the person against whom the grudge is held, it hurts the one who holds it. ― Booker T. Washington

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. ― Meister Eckhart

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. ― Cicero

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