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Forgiveness: More Than Just a Word

The dictionary defines the word forgiveness as the act or process of forgiving or being forgiven. Even theofficial definition of this word is very vague. The meaning of forgiveness is unclear. It is a word that means different things to different people. But one thing that is mostly agreed on is that forgiveness is a process. This process differs greatly depending on the person and the event. It can be confusing, complex, upsetting, and sometimes impossible to forgive. We all experience situations where we have had to forgive others, or where others were faced with the task of forgiving us; and this will continue to happen throughout our lives. But forgiveness, in the end, is no more than a state of mind- a confusing, complex, upsetting, and sometimes impossible-to-reach state of mind.

Mahatma Gandhi once said "The weak can never forgive.

Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." John F. Kennedy said "Forgive your enemies. But never forget their names." Suzanne Somers said "Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself." And the wise, intellectual mind of Lindsay Lohan said "Get over yourselves and, like, get overmy life. Figure out to forgive and so forget." The point here is that everyone has an idea of what forgiveness is, from a man who is widely considered one of the most influential people in the world to a woman who is widely considered one of the biggest celebrity train wrecks in the world. Everyone seems to have a different opinion on what forgiveness is, and it can be very confusing. But forgiving others doesn't necessarily mean fitting any one of those examples. The true definition of truly depends on theperson forgiving, and the person being forgiven. This makes...