mini-twitter“Sincere forgiveness isn’t colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don’t worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time-just like it does for you and me.” – Sara Paddison

Many of us have allowed our love, forgiveness, and kindness to be contingent on receiving the same from others. When we have expectations of others, particularly when these expectations determine our feelings or actions, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment and resentment. When we get sober, we learn that we cannot depend on human powers- we must learn to rely on a higher power. This gives us the freedom to love and forgive others without condition. It is not up to us to issue judgment, punishment, or condemnation. We recognize that everyone has to have their own experience, and we allow people the chance to have this experience, releasing any resentment or anger with love and tolerance. All we can control is our own actions.

Today, I will release my anger towards other with love and understanding. I will not let my personal principles be determined by the actions of others.