I think that learning to understand forgiveness was a key to my recovery. Here are some ideas.

  1.  I gave forgiveness for my sake not for the person that had wounded me.
  2.  If I held on to anger over a bad deed done to me I gave that person free rent in my mind.
  3.  The act of hanging on to anger meant I necessarily committed my brain space for the unwise job of staying angry.
  4. Forgiveness allowed me to move on separated totally from the wounded person.
  5. In no sense was the misdeed Ok. The deed was clearly not OK with me.
  6. In no sense did forgiveness give the offending person the right to offend me again.
  7. I maintain the right to protect myself form repeat offenses.

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