Holden Village Staff Experience August, 2003

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Postscript 1: Just remember this

  • The most creative power given to the human spirit is the power to heal the wounds of a past it cannot change.
  • We do our forgiving alone, inside our hearts and minds: what happens to the people we forgive depends on them.
  • We forgive people only for what they do, never for what they are.
  • We forgive people only for wounding and wronging us; we do not forgive people for things we do not blame them for.
  • We cannot forgive a wrong unless we first blame the person who wronged us.
  • Forgiving is a journey; the deeper the wound, the longer the journey.
  • Forgiving does not require us to reunite with the person who broke our trust.
  • We do not forgive because we are supposed to; we forgive when we are ready to be healed.
  • Waiting for someone to repent before we forgive is to surrender our future to the person who sronged us.
  • Forgiving is not a way to avoid pain, but to heal pain.
  • Forgiving is done best when it is done intolerantly.
  • Forgiving a person does not mean we are willing to put up with hwat he does.
  • We do not excuse the person we forgive; we blame the person we forgive.
  • Forgiving is essential; talking about it is optional.