As you gather with family and friends, may you use this time of reflection, joy and celebration to take a quick glimpse back and cast a hopeful eye toward the future. Christmas is a time of much gift giving and once you have all of yours wrapped, why not add a ribbon to the perfect gift – forgiveness. Forgiveness. Hmmm.
How much better off we would be if we could forgive others. Maybe it’s the drivers who annoy us, the waiter who ignores us, friends whose words hurt us, and families when they forget us.
And let’s not forget about granting that forgiveness to ourselves and letting go of guilt. Every one of us suffers from this occasionally, and perhaps we need to open that gift bag of self-forgiveness, which will make forgiving others easier.
Instead of filling our lives with frustration, anger, resentment, jealousy and pettiness, let’s give the gift of forgiveness, always the right size, and never the wrong color.