“Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace: – Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Forgiveness is one of the most empowering and healing things to both give and receive. It is a powerful virtue and universally recognized as such.
Zeng Xue, a Doctor of Philosophy in Management wrote a dissertation on this subject and included men and women as “actors” in business scenarios to monitor their reactions to each other when scenes were played out with forgiveness as the sole purpose of his thesis. He tested and recorded all the outcomes of orders given and decisions made, of wrong and right actions taken and how humans interact with each other if actual “forced” forgiveness were implemented and executed in the tests. It monitors all interactions between test subjects and noted aggressive behavior beforehand as well as peaceful and happy outcomes when forgiveness was applied to situations. This thesis is a mouthful to say the least but the end-result always seemed to turn out the same: Transformation of characters after forgiveness applied was drastic and completely opposing the initial reaction to scenarios. The most aggressive, hostile, selfish players taking on a complete opposite role of peaceful caretakers afterwards. Although it also shows that power may lead high power actors to be less forgiving. This is quite ironic as they mostly seem to exhibit craving the release of forgiveness, giving and experiencing it more often.
Now, it doesn’t take a doctor or genius to tell us that the feeling that we feel after the act of forgiveness is a sort of “letting-go”, a feeling of peace, harmony and serenity. Substantial proof has shown that we are naturally happier and more balanced afterwards.
If you practice forgiveness it eventually becomes a part of your psyche, a part of your being, you have the ability to actually re-wire your brain neurons and go against what you have always done before. This change, in effect, brings you to the point of being a calmer, stronger, and very much happier human being. Peter Ustinov captures truth in his comment when he said: “Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes habit.”
Forgiveness promotes peace and serenity. It’s tried and tested and a definite try-out for your life!
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