It’s New Year's again! If you’re like me, you’ll be making the same resolutions as last year. I want to lose the same five pounds, my home office is still a mess and I continue to let work interfere with my morning exercise goals.
How about making a new kind of resolution this year, one that can actually change your life? That resolution would be to patch up a rift with someone by using the power of forgiveness.
When I put together our book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness, I was astounded by how many of the contributors talked about the freedom they felt after forgiving someone. They hadn’t realized how much they were harming themselves by holding onto resentment.
My co-author for the book — the actor, writer and producer Anthony Anderson — shared his own story, “The Forgiveness of Robert and Me,” about finally having a meaningful conversation with his mostly absentee biological father right before he died. They talked for hours and it was liberating. Anthony says, “I sleep peacefully at night knowing that I was able to release my father from a burden of guilt as well as Robert releasing me from the burden of anger I had towards him.” And he comments on why we need to use the power of forgiveness and says, “Life is fleeting. We need to live in the moment and love in the moment.”
One of our contributors, Joe Rector, wrote a story called “Coaching the Coach” about what happened when h...
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