Friday, December 7, 2012


Words are just a collection of letters put together. Words are just that, nothing unless the writer has put thought and meaning behind them when putting them to paper.

“It is always so simple, and so complicating, to accept an apology.”― Michael Chabon

To accept an apology is one thing, anyone can say yes and not really mean it. Some say it to make the person offering it up feel like they did the right thing. To truly forgive, comes from the heart. It come from within and allows both parties to go forward on clean ground.

“Dear Lord, please show me everything I need to understand about forgiveness and surrender”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive.” ― W. Paul Young, The Shack

“People have to forgive. We don't have to like them, we don't have to be friends with them, we don't have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don't we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry!” ― C. JoyBell C.

In the end, the apology and the forgiveness are a two way street. The person offering the apology must also be at a point of forgiving themselves for their wrongs. The person accepting must do so with honesty and integrity.

“We don't forgive people because they deserve it. We forgive them because they need it--because we need it.” ― Bree Despain, The Dark Divine

But forgiveness and trust are not one in the same. You may accept an apology, forgive that person, but trust is not that simple. It is earned. It is delicate and can be broken at any time.

“I've learned that it takes years to build up trust, and it only takes suspicion, not proof, to destroy it.” -unknown

"Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record.” ― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for?

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” --George MacDonald

I have forgiven, I am forgiven, I accept with my heart but trust will be earned and not taken lightly.

Just sayin....

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