"I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. It is a gift you give yourself."
I received a special request to write a Monday motivation on forgiveness. Since I too believe forgiveness is a gift, what a better time than on Christmas week.
There will always be people that have harmed us, taken advantage of, done something we didn't think they should have, etc., but holding resentment for them does nothing to them, and everything to the person holding the anger.
We are all human. People make mistakes. Nobody does everything right. I am willing to bet that every person reading this has regrets for their past mistakes. Thus the first person on your list to forgive should be yourself. Then add to it all those people you feel anger for.
Anger and resentment for anything is like a poison running through your veins. Perhaps this holiday season we can spend a little more time opening our hearts and giving the gift of forgiveness. To your health and happiness...give it a try!