Forgiveness is Compassion

I used to be a champion grudge holder. I often got caught up in "the principle of the thing" and had a very concrete sense of what was right and what was wrong.

As I gres up and got to know myself better, I realized this: forgiveness not only doesn't remove the original hurt, it actually brings us closer to it.

And yet...

Forgiveness is something we do for ourselves (especially when the one we're loving is ourselves).

It is an act of compassion- for the one who hurt, for sure, but way more than that, for ourselves.

What does forgiveness mean for you?