I intentionally didn't title this "Forgive and Forget" because it's important that we don't forget moments where forgiveness is/was necessary.

Recently, a close friend told me that I was being too "judgmental" for their liking and decided to cut communications with me. While I believe that was not the case (which many of us have probably experienced), the friendship was cut and I had to let it be. Why? Because you can't force someone to stay in your life or to understand your point of view. It's exhausting and not your job.

After a flurry of apologies and expressing my intentions to be honest and looking out for their best interest, I received no reply. I pondered for some time whether or not I should continue reaching out, but in all honesty, you can't chase friendships. The right friends will understand. If they don't, for the sake of your own peace, you need to forgive and move on. Forgive them for leaving you in silence or for taking out their anger on you, or ask for their forgiveness if you hurt them. Yeah it's true, "the truth will set you free" but forgiveness, that will truly set you free. You need to forgive or ask for forgiveness and move on. Whether or not you receive it or grant that forgiveness, the attempt of doing so will heal some tension and weight off your shoulders.

As hard as it may be to forgive and move on, forgiveness provides the chance for a new oppurtunity and fresh start.

Once you forgive and move on, it's one less thing you have to carry and more room to grow. So yeah, send that text about forgiving whoever you thought about while reading this or maybe asking someone for forgiveness. Whatever the case, forgive and move on. I know, easier said than done, but we all have to start somewhere.