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OPINION: We need to follow #GivingTuesday with #ForgivingWednesday

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Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.

Oscar Wilde

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After Thanksgiving, there is #GivingTuesday, so why not #ForgivingWednesday the day after?

Utah is recognized as one of the most giving of all states in terms of donations, time and service — but it might be time to take a look at how we’re doing in the “forgiving” department.

Improve your mental health by forgiving

Forgiveness is one of things that we have forgotten in our society, but nothing will do more for your mental health than forgiving another. 

The mightiest storms of life — with the fiercest winds — will pass. It is against the laws of nature for a storm to last and not die out, but what happens after the storms passes is up to us.

Nothing sustains the storm like the forced anger of holding a grudge.

Social media more than ever helps us carry on the forced anger of grudges and feeling insulted, slighted or offended.

I take inspiration from this quote from M. L. Stedman’s novel, “The Light Between Oceans.”

Forgive and forget. You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things.

#ForgivingWednesday: let it all go

When you hold a grudge, you have to re-create all that negative emotion every day and doing that is exhausting.

If there’s one thing that would make your December, the end of a really challenging 2020, all the better, it would be to take part in Forgiving Wednesday. Just forgive and just let it all go.

Spend no more time begrudgingly rotting about how you may have been mistreated or maligned in the past.

We must forgive to move forward with our own lives.

Let it go.

Most of us can forgive and forget; we just don’t want the other person to forget that we forgave.
-Ivern Ball


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