“The reality is that many of us human beings have the tendency to be much harder on ourselves than we are on anyone else. We commonly feel remorseful about things we have said or done in the past, and at times those feelings become so intense that we actually begin to condemn ourselves. The fact is however, that most of the guilt and the feelings of self-condemnation we experience are, in my view, a complete waste of energy, for what’s done is truly done.
The solution is therefore very simple: Learn to forgive yourself just as you forgive others, for you, too, were merely doing the best you knew how to do at that particular time. Equally as important, you need to develop the understanding that whatever did occur needed to happen for you to become the person you are today.
“Easier said than done” you might say, as self-forgiveness is not always a simple task, especially in the case of acts that caused significant pain or distress to other people. Nevertheless, if you aren’t willing to release all of the resentment you feel toward yourself, how can you expect to be forgiven by whomever it is that you harmed?”
Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”
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