We all hold anger and resentment. We all have had negative experiences with people and grudges we hold onto. This takes away our focus, our power, and gives it to someone else where it doesn’t belong. When we finally forgive and let go, we give ourselves the chance to find peace and move on.
Freedom. In order to truly feel free, we need to let go of the emotion we hold behind grudges. The resentment we feel may be valid, but that doesn't mean we should hold onto it. It doesn't serve us to hold onto something. We think it helps us against another person, but the reality is that now that person occupies space in our mind.
Peace. The goal is to find inner peace. We don't have to forget, but we can forgive and relinquish past interactions and experiences. This takes away the power we give to other people and gives it back to us. Indifference is better than hate. With this, we don't worry or focus on others, but rather ourselves.
Presence. When we don't focus on other people, what they did to us, or how poorly of an experience we had with something, we give ourselves the opportunity to be in the moment. This removes stress from the past and anxiety from the future. We give full control to ourselves to live and not think about anything else.
Letting go and giving forgiveness is not easy. It takes time, effort, and a lot of emotional work, but the benefits of having peace and freedom are worth it. Our mental state drives everything. When we focus on ourselves instead of giving power to others in the form of resentment and grudges, we see a new world of possibilities.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -Martin Luther King, Jr.