Friends & Family? Obvious choice, but no. I am thankful for my capacity to forgive. I don’t hold grudges. I harbour no ill feelings towards others. I can get really angry, don’t get me wrong, but I always try to understand and even when friends tell me to walk away or give up, I will always forgive.
I don’t find it difficult. Maybe it’s a gift. Maybe it’s stupidity. Maybe even foolish and possibly detrimental to myself. Whatever the case might be, I will always forgive.
I have even forgiven my rapist. Just like me, he also has to live with what he did. But not as the victim. He might have turned his life around. He might not. I would like to think the first is true. And if he has, he is feeling the guilt of what he did and he has to live with it for the rest of his life.
I forgive friends that don’t understand or lack the capacity to fully comprehend what I’m currently going through. It’s not their fault that they don’t understand.
I forgive the friends that have turned their backs on me. Yes, nobody knows my faults and short comings better than I do, therefore I can understand a friend reaching the point of not having the energy to deal with me anymore.
I forgive the ones I love the most, for hurting me the most, because I hurt them too. I forgive the words spoken in anger because I speak them too.
I’m thankful for my forgiving heart.