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Someone Needs Your Forgiveness, And It’s You

On day two of the 12 Days of Crysmas, the focus is on forgiving yourself. Surprisingly, it’s not something we do, though it is beneficial to our everyday lives.

Day Two: Forgive Yourself

Every day that we get to spend among the living is a new opportunity to do things over and move forward instead of backward. We do not have to wait until Monday or a new month or new year to decide we want to do things differently. At any moment, we have the power to change the course of our lives and it begins with a decision to want to change.

As we prepare for a new year and we begin to set goals for 2018, it is important that we leave the things of 2017 behind. There is no reason to carry old baggage into a new year, especially if you’re expecting something different to happen. It is paramount that as we enter into 2018, we do so with a clear mind and an open heart.

The first thing you should do to prepare for the best year possible is to forgive. Forgiving others who have done wrong against you is great, and necessary, but more importantly, forgive yourself. The focus is typically on extending forgiveness to everyone else, but when’s the last time you actually forgave yourself for something? Whether it was for doing something you said you wouldn’t, acting out of character, or simply acknowledging that you’re having a bad day and it is okay, we have to forgive ourselves for the things we’ve done and for the things we’ve allowed in our life.

It’s time to do things differently and move into a new dimension of your life, but first, forgive yourself for whatever it is you need to forgive yourself for. It is okay to make mistakes; we are not looking for perfection, but progression. As long as you continually offer forgiveness to yourself and work hard to make changes in your life that is all that matters.

Keep going. You’re moving in the right direction even if it seems slow.


  • Jaye

    AMEN! What a timely post and a perfect message for the end or the year and the start of the new one. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

  • Chelsea

    This is so true! We are often our own worst critic. Beautiful photo.

  • Bridgid

    Great points! Sometimes we can hold ourselves to unrealistic standards and don’t allow ourselves any room for human mistakes along the way. Forgiving ourselves and moving forward is crucial.

  • Toni

    Great post! And I couldn’t agree more! We don’t forgive ourselves as much as we should. We are our hardest critic and we need not be.
    Love this.

  • Natasha

    It’s EXTREMELY hard for me to forgive myself for some of the really silly things, and even not so silly things that I have done in the past. I’m a work in progress, and I’m continuing to put one foot in front of the other.

  • Bianca Dottin

    This is such a great post! It’s so hard for me to forgive and go easy on myself. I definitely needed this reminder especially during the holidays.

  • Kirstin N. Fuller

    This article was right on time for me. I realized today that I need to forgive a few people who have seriously wronged me this year in order to move completely into my blessings! However, that does NOT mean I wil let them back into my circle or my life.

  • Carissa

    This puts a new spin on forgiveness! I need to try to do this more, I am my own worst critic and sometimes I can be very hard on myself!

  • Kita

    I learned to give myself grace over the last few years. Forgiving myself and letting go of past hurts has allowed me to grow and to embrace life and my children.

  • Mimi Green

    Yes to this message. Instead of beating myself up over what I didn’t accomplish. I’m going to start the year with a fresh slate.

  • Ola

    Hanging on to past mistakes can definitely keep a person from moving forward. It takes work to maintain a balanced view of ourselves and others.

  • Ramona C

    This is very true. We have to forgive ourselves. This helps us move forward. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Eva Wilson

    So much truth here! I rarely forgive myself or give myself room to make mistakes.

  • Michelle Thames

    Great post. I need to learn to forgive myself, I beat myself up over mistakes.

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