Forgiveness Can Be Bittersweet
Weekly Column By Sharon Salzberg for On Being
Published August 17th, 2015
Forgiveness is not a single action, but a process.
This is not to say that forgiveness is easy. It cannot be rushed or engineered, but it may arrive over time.
Forgiveness can be bittersweet. It contains the sweetness of the release of a memory that has caused you so much suffering, but it is also a poignant recognition that relationships shift so much in the course of our lives that perhaps we cannot reclaim the way we were to each other in the past. Whatever decision we come to about action in daily life, in the end, forgiveness is a path to peace and a powerful and important component of love.
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