Take the opportunity today to ask for forgiveness for something
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By Stuart Young
We’ve all hurt someone in the past. It might have been a loved one, a friend, a colleague or neighbour. It might be the postman or the checkout girl in your local supermarket. It may be small or it may be huge. If you find saying sorry difficult I suggest you start with something small. Once you get into the habit of asking for forgiveness you’ll find it easier and easier, then at some point you will find the strength to ask for the big things.
It’ll make a difference – to you, AND the person you ask for forgiveness from. Imagine someone that’s hurt you in the past approaches you and asks you for forgiveness, they say sorry for the hurt they caused you. They are sincere and they ask you out of the blue so you know they’ve been thinking about it authentically. What would you do and how would you feel?
If what you imagine is a positive experience consider that you may be the cause of a similar experience if you go and ask forgiveness today. It will make you feel better.
Note: It’s possible that the person you ask refuses to forgive you. They may still be hurt. You may have a negative response from them. But let that be OK. The important thing ‘for you’ is that you’ve asked. If they’re not in the right place yet to forgive you that’s down to them. You are only in charge of your own reactions. Remain calm, remain authentic and sincere and you WILL feel better – I promise.
Take care and feel unlimited.
Stuart Young is the author of How to Change Your Life One Day at a Time and creator of the ‘Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life’ program. His mission is to help individuals change their lives for the better by offering daily practical guides and new ways of thinking. You can contact him via facebook, email or his blog.