04
Mar-2011

Kindness Challenge #16: “Forgiveness”

 “I’m sorry. Please, forgive me.”

Five of the most powerful and healing words a human being can utter, and yet so few of us do. We are great at cataloging a laundry list of people who have done US wrong and who owe US an apology, but how forthright are we about the people in our lives that WE’VE hurt … those we need to seek emotional closure/healing with?

We are close to wrapping up our week on “Kindness Takes Courage” and today, I am asking you to be especially honest and brave. Here’s your Kindness Challenge:

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[WHOOPS!! Please “FORGIVE” us, gang!! It seems we’ve exceeded our Vimeo upload capacity for the week. Working on getting the video uploaded directly. Luckily this Kindness Challenge is pretty straight forward. I trust that you can handle it w/out MY face grinning back at ya!! 😉 -cris]

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So, granted … this is hardly a “woo-hoo PAR-TAY!!!” kind of challenge. But I’ll tell you this and I mean it with every ounce of earnestness that I have:  Asking forgiveness IS a gift you give to someone.A gift!!! One I was grateful to be on the receiving end of after carrying  an emotional weight and misunderstanding heavily in my heart for months. A kind conversation and heartfelt “I’m so sorry” truly felt like the clouds parting and the sun shining back through again…  

So, while I understand that this feels like a “hard” challenge  … because we have to be vulnerable in that space of forgiveness seeking … I’m telling you, it is incredibly liberating to neutralize stagnant emotional energy in your life, to step back into full integrity, and to know you’ve helped alleviate someone else of a painful emotional burden. Everyone gets their energy back. So give these healing words a try:

Be BRAVE!!!  Maybe you spoke disrespectfully to a friendmaybe your broke your word to your familymaybe you took credit for someone else’s idea at workmaybe you stole the last piece of your daughter’s Valentine’s Day candy and didn’t tell her about it … (Oh, wait … that one was just me! doh!! … Sorry, Emerson!!! hahaha) …

Well, whatever it is, whether big or little, I’m super proud of all of you who give this challenge a try. And if today isn’t the best day to complete this particular challenge, I hope you’ll file it away in your heart for a moment that IS right.

Wishing you a day of positive closure and cleared energy.

xo,

Cris

P.S. Haven’t stopped by our Facebook page to give us a “like” yet?!! That’s okay. We forgive you. Make amends now by clicking this link <– and then giving the Rising Lotus Children’s Village-Nepal page the ‘ol thumbs up! Ahh, now doesn’t that feel liberating?!! 😉

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