Forgiveness ends all suffering and loss.
Forgiveness is the willingness to give up making other people and circumstances responsible for our unhappiness. It is time to stop blaming, seeking revenge, playing the victim.
In Alcoholic Anonymous it is suggested, in step three, that we turn our willfulness over to the will of God as we understand God. The slogan is let go and let God. This willingness is another aspect of forgiveness of ourselves and others.
In Unitarian Universalism, we covenant together to respect the interdependent web of existence. We recognize and understand that things all come out in the wash, that everything will be all right in the end, we’re just are not at the end yet.
Today, whenever we are angry, hurt, resentful, afraid, it is suggested that we take responsibility for our own happiness and no longer make other people and circumstances responsible. As Bobby McFerrin sings, “Don’t worry. Be happy.”