This chart shows the trend of the usage of the word “forgiveness” from 1800 through 2008. It is evident that there is a marked increase since the late 1970’s. I wonder why this is true. Have we become kinder and gentler? Have we sinned more than ever so we have to forgive each other more often? I don’t know if this is an indication of an improvement in our society and personal relationships or not.
I have been thinking about forgiveness today for a pretty silly reason. I did something yesterday that I would classify as making a mistake. It was a very small mistake that had no impact on the world, on the other person involved, or even on me. But, the mistake made me feel bad. I thought that I should have known better. I should not have made the mistake. By making the mistake, I put the other person in an uncomfortable position. The other person will think less of me because I made the mistake. And the beat (myself up) goes on.
The other day, I wrote a blog about belonging. Today’s blog, as well as the previous one, have a similar message. That would be self-acceptance. I read a quotation by Brené Brown that sums up how I am feeling right now. “Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
It’s time to forgive myself, accept myself, and truly belong. Even when I make just a little mistake.