Are you someone who holds on to hurt, resentments, or anger maybe? How does that make you feel? This is when we call onto the virtue of forgiveness. Forgiveness is another way to bring peace to our soul. It allows us to let go, so that we can move on. I am one to know how hard it is sometimes to forgive others of their actions at times. Most of us know that holding onto the hurts really only affect our happiness. So why hold onto this hurt? Why hold onto resentments or anger? Sometimes you want to hold onto them because you feel that it will make the other person possibly hurt more than you do. The person who has hurt us probably isn’t even thinking about how they hurt us or how much anger we may be holding. This is where we need to just let go. We need to somehow release all this negative emotion so that it frees us to welcome in peace, healing and happiness. Yes, trust me I know how hard this can be at times. A couple years ago I was faced with in my eyes an ultimate betrayal. My best friend at the time, and I mean the person I did EVERYTHING with hurt me in a way I never thought possible. I was crushed. I just remember sitting on my couch with both of my children on each side of me holding my hand while I cried. I was in a state of shock for days, even weeks. I felt like my brother died all over again. I had given this person so much power over my life. She was my first phone call on my way to work every day and my last phone call on my way home. Anytime I needed to confide in someone it was her. After days of hurting, of anger, of heartbreak I finally decided to take the power of my life back. I decided to let go and forgive her. Was it easy? NO! Did it take me reminders? YES! I realized holding on to the pain was really only affecting me from living again. Once I was able to truly pick myself back up and let go. There was an immense sense of peace and hope that enveloped around me. By no means did my forgiveness of her actions allow her a space in my heart and life again but it did bring me back to life again. In fact, it lead me to the start of finding myself again. I found a passion within me that I hadn’t known before and to this day this passion is alive and well inside me. It is my passion for bodybuilding. So it took me getting knocked down to bring me to the path I was meant to follow. Now that is a blessing in itself. It’s funny because now I look back at this situation and as much hurt as I felt I now look at if with gratitude. I am not sure I would have found my path of bodybuilding without this happening. So the long and short of this message is to remember the next time someone hurts you intentionally or not, acknowledge the hurt, feel the hurt but don’t hold on to the hurt. Release it and bring peace to yourself. Forgiving others is not to forget but to remember how to live again. After all Forgiveness is a Virtue.