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How to Forgive
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Forgiveness is not an easy task. Even the smallest of arguments can lead to years of bad blood between friends and family members. Lucky for you The School of Life has a few suggestions that should help you find it in your heart to forgive.
The term “walk a mile in someone else's shoes” has been around for ages, but it is one that is often forgotten. When it comes to forgiving someone who has wronged you in some way, it is essential that you try to understand that this person’s experiences, challenges, and thought processes during their life have directly led them to act the way that they do.
If you had experienced the exact same upbringing as this person, it is highly likely that you would behave in a similar fashion. According to The School of Life:
“Behind every failing, and everything wrong and infuriating about those we meet, is a decisive trauma encountered before they could cope with it properly. They are maddening, but they got to be this way without meaning to.”
The second thing you need to consider when forgiving someone is that you have flaws too. This may be difficult to accept, but if you’re truly honest with yourself you will come to find that you also have imperfections that were shaped by your development.
Once you come to this understanding, you will realize that your flaws will inevitably lead to your own wrongdoing at certain times in your life too. If you want to be forgiven, you must learn to forgive.