Weakness in another person can be contagious. One very good way to catch that weakness for yourself is with resentment.
And the best way to avoid taking on the weakness of others is with forgiveness. Forgiveness frees you to be strong and to look forward.
What others may have said or done or failed to do cannot be changed now. What you can do now is to begin moving beyond the pain with sincere forgiveness.
With forgiveness, you are no longer a victim. With forgiveness, you take control of your own destiny.
Forgiveness does not mean that you support or endorse what happened. Forgiveness means that you are bigger than what happened, and confident enough to move on past it.
Forgive, and stop poisoning your own life with the past transgressions of others. Forgive, and feel the strength of your own integrity.
-- Ralph Marston
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