As important as it is to let go of conflict with others by forgiving them, it’s just as important for you to let go of the negative self-talk and forgive yourself in the process.
Sometimes the reasons we argue stem from some deep seeded inner conflict that causes us to lash out. We hold onto resentment and anger out of fear.
Exercising forgiveness goes hand in hand with gratitude. Start with yourself.
Take a moment to consider how you would feel if you took a step back from whatever was causing you pain today and told yourself,
Hey, it’s okay. You did your best. It’s okay that this happened. This doesn’t mean that you aren’t loved. This doesn’t mean that you are alone. This doesn’t mean that things can’t change for the better. Let it go.
Go ahead and try it out this second if you can. Write it down and repeat it to yourself. Say it out loud. Or close your eyes and meditate.
It might feel kind of strange at first, but over time you’ll find this exercise to be vital and life-affirming. There’s no harm in trying.
As always, keep paying it forward. Stay healthy! 🙂