Forgiveness is the only gift I give.
Forgiveness is when we give up making other people and circumstances responsible for our unhappiness. Forgiveness moves us out of the victim role and we rise above whatever hurt, sorrow, resentment, grievance, and fear that we feel. Forgiveness is a decision sometimes accompanied by behavior but the behavior is not necessary. Forgiveness is a matter of the mind and heart.
In Alcoholic Anonymous it is suggested, in step five, that we admit to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our mistakes after we have done our fearless moral inventory in step four. In step six we become willing to allow God to remove the guilt and pain that we feel as a result of these mistakes.
In Unitarian Universalism we join together to affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. A major tool for accomplishing justice, equity, and compassion is forgiveness. Practicing this principle leads to the awareness that there are no victims in the world of the Spirit while there are billions in the world of the ego.
Today, it is suggested that we remind ourselves continually throughout the day that forgiveness is the only gift I give to myself and to others.