To move on from something that has hurt you so bad isn’t really that easy, but if we donʼt forgive and forget we’ll have to live with that pain for the rest of our lives. Forgiving is like healing; it takes away the pain and helps us to move on.
Four years ago when I went to a public school for five months I met this one kid there that I came to know pretty well. After Christmas break he hadn’t show up at school for about two weeks. When he finally came back a few days later, I could tell something had changed about him. He wouldn’t talk to anyone and if it wasn’t for the fact that he always seemed upset I would of asked him why he was acting so strange. A couple days later I finally deiced to ask him what was wrong and he said his dad left his family and moved to another state. A month or so seemed to pass and he still acted upset and didn’t talk to anyone until one day I walk in and saw him acting the way he use to act. I went up to him and instantly he said that he couldn’t take the hurt or the burden of what his dad did anymore, so he deiced to forgive and forget what his dad had done and to live his live again..
After painful experiences, people arenʼt too quick to move on and be happy again because there’re mainly in shock of what happened. Of course, it may take some time, but everyone one needs to forgive eventually because if you don’t you can never truly be happy again. It takes a lot of strength to forgive someone for what they did wrong, but it takes a lot more strength to forget what happened. After you do finally deiced to forgive and forget, your life will be more joyful than ever because you will no longer be carrying that burden of pain. This is why I believe in forgiving and forgetting.
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