Monday, October 02, 2006

Thoughts for Yom Kippur

star of DavidA column in the Philadelphia Inquirer gives a personal reflection on forgiving one another, making peace with the past, and starting afresh.
When my patients ask me whether they can fully heal without forgiving those who abused them, I tell them that "forgiveness happens." It is not a decision. It is not related to reconciliation nor speeded by the atonement of the perpetrator. Once you heal your wounds and enrich your life, the abuser's reprehensible behavior becomes irrelevant to your own current identity.
An appropriate contribution to the season.

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