In this episode, I want to start the discussion on the importance of forgiveness and specifically tackling the difficult challenges of facing our past, acknowledging what we have done wrong, and the steps we can to do begin to start repairing the relationships that we have damaged.
In my journey towards sobriety, I learned a powerful lesson in forgiveness from my friend Dan. After years of destructive behavior, I finally faced my past and sought forgiveness from those I had wronged, including Dan. I expected anger and rejection, but instead, I received a warm hug and genuine happiness from him.
Dan had forgiven me long ago, valuing our friendship above holding a grudge. We spent hours reminiscing and laughing together. His forgiveness opened my heart to forgive others and myself.
Leaving their home, I realized that holding grudges denies others the same gift I received. It inspired me to begin the journey of forgiveness for others and myself.
Facing our past, seeking forgiveness, and making amends are crucial steps toward healing. It allows us to let go of guilt and shame, preventing relapse and freeing ourselves from the burden of the past.
Remember to create a list of those you’ve wronged, including financial debts, and approach the process with a realistic plan. Embrace the opportunity to become a better person through forgiveness.
This would be a great episode if you are asking yourself any of the following questions:
How can I get sober?
What can I do to break free of my addictions?
How can I ask for forgiveness for my mistakes?
What is the best way to make amends after getting sober?
Will people forgive me for the things I did during my addiction?