As a practicing Roman Catholic, I tape his sermons each week and when I get a chance, I watch the program and take notes in a journal.
Something struck me about his sermon on 11/21/10. It was titled, "Forgive So You Can Be Free."
Wow. I was immediately hooked.
I have been carrying around anger and hurt from many people for wayyyyy too long and the only person affected is ahem . . . me.
Joel said "forgive to take away their power to continue to hurt you" and "what they did is not worth you missing your destiny."
So for the new year, I cannot continue to carry around all of this crap. It is too much.
Staying stuck in the past prevents me from living in the present and prevents me from making an excellent future for myself.
I will try to not "let that person that hurt me keep me in prison."
So, I am off to write a letter forgiving all of these people. I won't mail it of course. But I will get rid of it somehow.
On the list will be family members, friends, exes, former colleagues.
I will forgive them.
Because, I have to.
I need to.
For my own care and concern and well being, I must forgive.
but it does enlarge the future."
- Paul Boese