“As I walked out the door toward my freedom I knew that if I did not leave all the anger, hatred and bitterness behind that I would still be in prison.” –Nelson Mandela (Source: Online Wellness Network)
A wise man indeed!
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Reblogged this on ELANA – The Voice of the Future.
Thank you, Elana. I feel honored that you chose to re-blog this post.
I had to, thanks for posting it.
How do you do that – leave it behind?
When one realizes that hatred, bitterness, and anger, are too heavy a burden to bear, and can consume and destroy their life, spirit, soul, and future–and they truly get that down to their core–then it becomes a choice. Wanting to is not good enough. Neither is false forgiveness, nor the “I want to forgive but I can’t” approach. Only true forgiveness, and moving on, is what it takes to break free from the internal chains and prisons that humans so often create for themselves. I have been stuck in such places until I realized I was only hurting myself, and I decided that I wanted to be happy and free of the terrible burdens of hatred, bitterness, and anger, that I did one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever done FOR MYSELF. I forgave. I wanted and needed to be happy, more than I wanted and needed to cling to my hatred, bitterness,and anger.
Full disclosure: While my hatred and bitterness are gone and hopefully will never return, I still sometimes briefly get angry at the actions, attitudes, or words, of myself or others. I’m not anger-free, just mostly anger-free. And the bouts of anger rarely last more than a few seconds or minutes. I’m still a work in progress, but considering where I started, I feel great about how far I’ve come.
Thanks Russ but it is tough!
I know. I’ve been to that wall and stuck in that place. I learned that it’s tough to be stuck too. May you experience even greater lasting happiness and inner peace.
Reblogged this on In The Prophetic Ministries and commented:
It is beautiful to be under grace. We don’t deserve it. Peace is the answer to our storms, love, and most of all forgiveness.
Thank you for re-blogging this, and for your comments. Welcome to my humble online home. May you always feel welcome here.