“The hardest words to own are always related to incidents where we feel someone has wronged us. Our egos resist owning characteristics that would make us give up blaming someone else for the condition of our life. Most of us have spent a long time building cases against the people who have harmed us. Oprah Winfrey once said in a commencement speech, “Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
Instead of holding on to resentments, learn from them. Look to see how you’ve benefited from your wounds. Where have they led you? Who is in your life now that might not have been if you hadn’t had a particular bad experience? And how does holding onto your wounds keep you from fulfilling your dreams? When you use your wounds to grow and learn, you don’t have to continue to be the victim. Look at the person who has harmed you; examine what aspects of this person plug in. And when you can find those things within yourself, you will no longer be attached to or affected by the other person.”
Debbie Ford, in “The Dark Side of the Light Chasers”
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