Philomena Lee. A true story of a woman who spent her whole life looking for her son who was taken away from her at a young age because she had him out of wedlock.
A smart , humble woman who chose to forgive purely because she understood how exhausting it would be if she didn’t.
Why live tied up in knots over someone else’s misconceptions?
Even though her situation was devastatingly unfair she knew to Not forgive would only be to the detriment of her own health and happiness.
That’s a strong woman.
That’s a happy woman.
Forgiveness is the act of compassionately releasing the desire to punish someone or yourself for an offence .
It’s a sort of grace.
We all face everyday issues of forgiveness. Whether it involves family, friends, in your workplace, even strangers. The internal struggle of whether to forgive or not and the consequences of our decisions can have a dramatic impact on our emotional and physical well being.
Philomena understood by her engaging in forgiveness she wasn’t condoning the behaviour of her offender. You can forgive, yet still admit that the trauma was very real and very bad.
By not holding on brings a release in your own life. It liberates you from negativity and lets you move forward.
When I realised that hurting people hurt people and understanding how emotionally crippling it is for the abuser it takes a huge step of compassion but so freeing to start that journey on the path to my own freedom.
The decision to forgive may not come easy but to keep trying will only benefit your own well being.
Real freedom is out there just waiting to release you for greater things.