I started the Artist’s Way again yesterday. Part of that 12 week project is morning pages, three long hand pages in a notebook. In week one, there are 20 different affirmations that we are meant to write 3 a days 10 times each. One of those is about forgiveness.
I wrote and then I thought about it what forgiveness actually is and how we are told that forgiving others allows us to move beyond the pain and the hurt someone has inflicted on us. But what people don’t talk about is how do you forgive yourself? Because forgiveness isn’t just for those who have harmed us; it’s also for ourselves.
After the affirmation, I wrote why I picked that one. I had a good several lines of things I wanted to forgive myself for. It was encouraging and scary how many of those I listed were old hurts that I hadn’t thought about in years. But still they are relevant. I’ve never forgiven myself for so much.
So when is it okay to forgive ourselves?
Listening to: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Quote of the Day: “You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.” ― Les Brown