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” I free myself from hatred through forgiveness and love. I understand that suffering, when it cannot be avoided, is here to help me on my way to glory. I understand that everything is connected, that all roads meet, and that all rivers meet in the same sea. That is why I am, at this moment, an instrument of forgiveness, forgiveness of crimes that were committed; one crime I know about, the other I do not.”

” I forgive the tears I was made to shed                                                                                                I forgive the pain and the disappointments,                                                                                    I forgive the betrayals and the lies,                                                                                                    I forgive the slanders and intrigues,                                                                                                  I forgive the hatred and persecution,                                                                                                I forgive the blows that hurt me,                                                                                                        I forgive the wrecked dreams,                                                                                                            I forgive the stillborn hopes,                                                                                                                I forgive the hostility and jealousy,                                                                                                    I forgive the indifference and ill will,                                                                                                I forgive the injustice carried out in the name of justice,                                                              I forgive the anger and the cruelty,                                                                                                    I forgive the neglect and contempt,                                                                                                    I forgive the world and all its evils.”

” I also forgive myself. May the misfortunes of the past no longer weigh on my heart. Instead of pain and resentment, I choose understanding and compassion. Instead of rebellion, I choose the music from my violin. Instead of grief, I choose forgetting. Instead of vengeance, I choose victory.”

” I will be capable of loving, regardless of whether I am loved in return,                                   Of giving, even when I have nothing,                                                                                                  Of working happily, even in the midst of difficulties,                                                                     of holding out my hand, even when utterly alone and abandoned,                                           of drying my tears, even while I weep,                                                                                              Of believing, even when no one believes in me.”

” So it is. So it will be.”

This comes from the book “Aleph” by Paulo Coelho. As I said in my previous blog post, this book came into my life when I needed it the most. When you feel like your world is shattered and like your just a complete failure remember the power of forgiveness because it is extremely satisfying!

With all my love,

Briana Gonzales


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