Summer vacation: Forgiveness

I will be stepping away for a few weeks of down time in the Ottawa summer sun.

May you also enjoy a time of respite wherever you are and whatever season you are in. Carry this thought with you into that respite. I will.


“When is the last time you physically hurt yourself? What did you do to get the pain to stop? And how long did you wait to do something about it? When we’re in physical pain, we’re usually extremely proactive about figuring out how to make it go away immediately because, you know, it hurts . . .

When it comes to our emotional pain, however, we’re apparently way more game for seeing just how much torture we can endure, wallowing in our guilt, shame, resentment, and self-loathing, sometimes for our entire lifetimes . . .

Forgiveness is about taking care of you, not the person you need to forgive.”

—Jen Sincero from You Are a Bad Ass”

About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on July 24, 2018, in Arlene Smith, Arlene Somerton Smith, Gratitude, Inspiration, Living life to the fullest, spirituality. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. True words of wisdom. Thanks Arlene. Have a wonderful vacation

  2. Enjoy your break! Your words about forgiveness are so on point. Thank you.

  3. Your thoughts hit home today. Sometimes I injure my wrist or knee and have no idea how/when it happened. They are sore spots because I must have been hurt there years ago.

    I admire your taking time away. Have a blessed respite. I may follow your example in the fall!

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