“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”
Author Paul Boese’s quote about forgiveness is straight and to the point. Essentially whatever mistake or wrongdoing was done is in the past unless you personally know Doc Brown and can jump in the Delorean to fix it which is not the case. Forgiveness allows the person who made the mistake own up to it in front of the person or people they may have hurt. It also lets the bonds of trust to be reformed and hopefully strengthen. Remember that we all are not perfect and should not hold us to such an impossible expectation. When the process of forgiveness happens, the future as Boese mentions in his quote enlarges. I think his meaning behind this is that it allows for change to occur for the better and more opportunities in the future will become more present due to forgiveness taking place. Remember it is a hard pill to swallow when you decide to forgive someone but it is not healthy to hold on to such anger. But ultimately it is your choice whether to let go and forgive or not. As the old adage says you can forgive but you will never forget. All in all, it is up to the person to realize this and decide whether to forgive and move on.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your responsible decision making skills?