Practicing the Art of Forgiveness in Everyday Life
The easiest path to forgiving big things is by routinely forgiving small things. Practicing the art of forgiveness in everyday life makes it easier to draw on those experiences when you need to forgive bigger offenses.
People who have an easier time forgiving others have a few things in common:
- They see life as fallible and everyone takes missteps
- They see people as generally good rather than bad
- They understand that their perceptions play into whether or not they feel offended
- The don’t sweat the small stuff
- They don’t expect perfection
- They are not highly sensitive people
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People who find it easy to forgive have a corner on the happiness market. They use their underlying morals and values as a way to move through the day thinking about the bigger picture. They know that annoying things will happen and they can offer forgiveness inwardly and outwardly and move on.
Here are some ways to offer forgiveness and adopt an emotionally more mature mindset each day:
Forgive poor service– when you are treated poorly by waitstaff or a clerk at a store, consider what might be driving their negativity. Having a heart for facts that you may never know can make it easier to forgive poor behavior and model kindness and grace in the face of a bad experience. Instead of assuming the clerk is a disconnected jerk, imagine they are working overtime and have been berated by many customers.
Forgive rude gestures– If someone cuts you off in traffic, takes your parking space, or gives you a smug look – forgive them. Try to not take things personally or believe that they are getting away with something. The sooner you can let it go, the sooner you can replace the adrenaline rush of anger with a better-suited emotion for your day. Being able to cast your care and forgive the rudeness frees you up for a better mood.
Forgive mistakes– Mistakes happen as a fact of life. You make them too. Berating someone for a blunder only rubs their nose in it and puts them on the defensive. To the best of your ability, forgive mistakes quickly and appreciate any gestures made to put things right. Allowing grace and a chance to do the right thing should always wipe away the sting of a mistake.
Learning to let go of the righteous anger or sadness that comes from being offended does yourself a world of good. Being able to forgive and forget the little irritations is perfect practice for moving on from big hurts and let downs.
Will you begin practicing the art of forgiving?? Remember it’s never too late. You can start today!