I forgave you yesterday for hurtful words
today, I compromised for affection
I’ll forgive you tomorrow
and lose more faith in my beliefs…
I forgave you yesterday for hateful touch
knowing today I would not meet success
Tomorrow’s just another day
is my fears’ mantra under my breath…
I forgive you for yesterday
BUT Today – here and now
I feel strong enough to survive
on my own and thrive into tomorrow
learning from my past !
I forgive myself and allow “presence”
to be guarded by yesterdays
guided by love today
and valued in life tomorrow…
With love and gratitude
I walk in our “PEACE”.
Back in 1992, I wrote this quote in my journal, “Forgiveness is a courageous attempt to add steps to the ladder of the future. To forgive oneself is the doorway to heaven and the challenge of lives to come.” I cannot remember who the author was, but this quote is a part of my daily routine -
I forgive myself for what I’ve done yesterday, today and tomorrow!
In my counseling efforts the issue of forgiveness is always misconstrued, that in order to forgive you must embrace the person forgiven – this is NOT to say you need live with them, tolerate future abuse, or forget the lessons learned from this relationship. I guess that this particular belief is what sparked the inspiration for this writing at 2am this morning.
I am hopeful that someone struggling with Self-Esteem earns their presence and ability to hold themself in enough regard and strength NOT to compromise themself for Survival, Affection or Success!
Imagine my surprise today 5/6/09, when my sweet sister DevineDay Dreams created created this beautiful artwork to accompany this poem…