To forgive

Is not to forget.

To forgive

Is really to remember,

That nobody is perfect,

That each of us stumbles

When we want so much to stay upright,

That each of us says things

We wish we had never said,

That we can all forget that love

Is more important than being right.

To forgive

Is really to remember,

That we are so much more

Than our mistakes,

That we are often more kind and caring

Than we think we are,

That accepting another’s flaws

Can help us accept our own.

To forgive

Is to remember,

That the odds are pretty good that

We might soon need to be forgiven ourselves,

That life gives us more

Than we can handle gracefully.

To forgive

Is to remember,

That we have room in our hearts to

Begin again,

And again,

And again.

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