Forgiveness Is Dangerous

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Forgiveness is dangerous. Many of you will look at that and wonder what's coming, since you've always been told that forgiveness is a must if your future is going to reach its full potential. And you're right -- but the reason forgiveness is dangerous is that when others have badly used or abused you and you forgive them for doing it, you no longer have a convenient excuse for not succeeding in life.

You've accepted responsibility, and you're now on your own. The good news is this: The load you will be carrying in your climb to the top will be easier and lighter. You simply cannot be your best self and do your best when you're carrying a load of anger and bitterness.

Forgiveness is one of the most important steps you will ever take. Martha Thorilius put it this way: "How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it?" Bill O'Hearn says that "we need to understand that in life we've been given so many BTUs of energy and that every time you love somebody and are nice to somebody, you're given an extra portion of that energy." Now when all the energy is gone, that's the end of life.

An unknown writer said, "Imagine that every time you seek revenge and let anger control your life a double portion of that energy is burned. In short, what you're doing is shortening your own life." Doctors agree with that. Yes, you need to forgive. Not only should we forgive, but we need to develop a cheerful nature to go along with it.

H. G. Wells tells us why: "While there is a chance of the world getting through its troubles, I hold that a reasonable man has to behave as though he were sure of it. If at the end your cheerfulness is not justified, at any rate you will have been cheerful."


Take the forgiveness with cheerfulness point of view, and I'll see you at the top!


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