A bit on the above……wow, when you really think about the true power forgiveness has in so many aspects of our lives it really becomes crystal clear that it deserves a lot more focus and attention. I know that others have been talking about forgiveness…..in various forms, Hbomb had mentioned it in a post about forgiving himself….others have mentioned forgiveness in other capacities. For me, a repeating story is that others are not there for me when I really need them to be. If someone doesn’t show up, doesn’t follow through on something they have committed to I often allow myself to feel bad about it….to give it meaning, and often that meaning causes disconnect from the person and results in me feeling like I am not important to the person and push comes to shove that they are not really there for me. This is bullshit, this is victim and what I eventually come to terms with is that I have to have compassion for the other person….attempting to take a look at life from their perspective, what they are dealing with or what they are going through. It makes their actions appear in a different light. However……I don’t necessarily follow those thoughts/reflections up with forgiveness…..TRUE forgiveness. I still keep the person at a bit of a distance….there is still some level of hurt or distrust there…..but with true forgiveness there is only room for reopening my heart, of truly wiping the slate clean….of opening myself entirely back up to connection again with that person. I would like to create a forgiveness ceremony…..I can see it someplace on the horizon. If you are game for this kind of a celebration…..lets do it!