“It is possible for all the events of the past to remain as they were, but to see them in a way that makes our history a blessing. It is not so much the things we did that hurt us, but our interpretations and judgments about them. What we believe were our sins were honest errors. We and those around us have always done the best we could with the knowledge, experience, and understanding we had at the time. If we could have done better, we would have.
Remember that if we were totally perfect in expression, we probably would not be here in the first place. But we are here, we are learning, and compassion frees us to walk our path as we acquire wisdom. We can liberate ourselves from years of pain or heartache by taking another look at past experiences and reframing them in a bigger picture, one which reveals them to be blessings.”
Alan Cohen, in “Dare to Be Yourself”
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