What is an alternative to forcing someone to apologize? I believe that would be forgiveness.
Forgiveness is a choice to stop punishing the other person. It allows for a real relationship instead of a power struggle. It is a gift that elevates and enriches our life.
A gift that is demanded is not truly a gift.
Therefore, instead of demanding something – bestowing forgiveness is freeing.
Some synonyms for forgiveness are: mercy, pardoning, compassion and understanding.
To forgive is loving and life affirming. Sometimes forgiveness is viewed as being weak. But to forgive someone is actually elevating and liberating – it takes strength and courage.
But for many people this can be quite difficult. What stands in the way of forgiveness? The best word I can think of is righteousness.
Holding onto righteousness leads to being imprisoned with superiority and self-importance. It is about power and insisting that the other person tell a lie and bow down to you. It is arrogant and isolating.
The need to “be right” and controlling, essentially leads to being alone.
How does one find forgiveness when they believe they’ve done nothing wrong? Forgive the righteous one because this leads to inner peace.
Forgiveness means that you have reached a point where you will forgive, whether or not it is asked for. Forgiveness is not condoning or agreeing that what happened was okay – but it is about letting go.
How interesting it is that the word “give” can be found within the word “forgiveness.”
Inner peace is far more valuable than turmoil.
When we forgive someone, ultimately it is a gift to ourselves!
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