Forgiveness is loaded with a depth of emotions. I think that underneath it all we really want the perpetrator to understand the pain, disappointment, feelings of betrayal, etc., that we experienced. And I think that we somehow expect that the other person has to be an active participant to make the forgiving complete and for us to heal.
Releasing, however, has an entirely different feel to it and it only has to do with us. We get to decide that we’ve spent far too long in a prison of our own making, which does nothing to free our souls. The answer is always within us, and by just changing out one word for another, we have the opportunity to become powerful in our psyche where before we gave our power away.
This so beautifully said and such a brilliant perspective shift. So much good can come out of one little word.