Wellness Matters NewsletterAn Experience in Creative Journaling

Courtesy of Life Esteem, Published by Simmonds Publications
 

Forgiveness

     All of us have been hurt, in one way or another, by someone else. While it is easy to forgive a friend for the slight distress we feel over a phone call that was not returned, it is not so easy to forgive those who have harmed us in a major way. The greatest hurt seems to come from those who play the most significant roles in our lives. The enormity of the hurt may lead us to conclude that we can never forgive the perpetrator. To forgive or not is one of our life choices. It is important for our own emotional wellness to understand that it is a choice, and a choice with consequences.

     Consider this question - if the harm we have experienced leads us to a life dominated by unresolved anger, a negative image of ourselves and an inability to trust, are we allowing the perpetrator to continue to have power over us? When we have sleepless nights cycling and recycling thoughts about old hurts, when we seethe with anger, when we ask questions repetitively that seem to have no answers, we continue to suffer the consequences of being hurt. Perhaps our goal should be to find a way to free ourselves from the damage and to reclaim our lives for ourselves.

   

     There are many ways of being hurt. Some are minor and some are more severe. In some cases we are the unwitting victim and at other times we participate in allowing ourselves to be hurt by building expectations that make us vulnerable or placing our trust in the wrong places. Whatever the nature of the damage done to us, it is a potential source of learning. We can allow the hurt to keep us down as we continue to play the role of the victim - or we can learn to overcome it, adapt to it, try to make sure that it never happens again, and, if it does occur again, learn to deal with it more effectively.

     Here are some of the ways that people are hurt -

 Unmet Expectations. We are disappointed when we build expectations that are dashed. We don't always get what we want, and this is to be expected. When we build our hopes on achieving a major goal, however, like not getting the promotion we had hoped for or losing the love we had so longed for, the result can be catastrophic. The hurt can be enormous.

 Humiliation. When we are ridiculed by others - especially during childhood, as often happens when children are called derisive names - or when our pride is wounded, as might happen when a supervisor at work berates us in front of others, the assault on our dignity may impel us to hide, put up impenetrable walls, and vow never to be hurt again.

(Continue...........)

 
 

This newsletter is intended to offer general information only and recognizes that individual issues may differ from these broad guidelines. Personal issues should be addressed within a therapeutic context with a professional familiar with the details of the problems.

©1998-2004 SIMMONDS PUBLICATIONS: 5580 LA JOLLA BLVD., #306,
La Jolla, CA 92037

Back to the Home Page
Back Home
To the Top
To Top

 

Life Esteem is located at
1700 MountainView Road, Apt. 13
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone - 717.608.2302,
Email -pgadsden@lifeesteem.org
 
©1998 - 2014 All Rights Reserved.