July 7 was a very important day. You may not know why, but it was Global Forgiveness Day. I don’t know about you, but I’m really thankful that we are able to forgive each other because I know I screw up on a regular basis. Of course I wish I needed less forgiving, and I do try to do my best in all situations, but I’m not perfect and sometimes I make assumptions, presumptions, or guesses, blame someone for something they didn’t do, don’t understand what I was supposed to do or just plain screw up. And sometimes I need forgiving not because I did something wrong necessarily, but because I was having a bad day and decided to take it out on an unsuspecting someone else.
It seems like most of the forgiving we do isn’t done with the word “forgive.” We say “I’m sorry” and respond with “It’s OK” or “It’s not OK” or “Try to do better next time.” We don’t usually say “I forgive you.” Is there really a difference? Does it matter? Is the apology and acknowledgement of the apology good enough?
I don’t think it really matters what we call it, as long as we’re sincere in our apology, willing to try to forgive and/or willing to do better next time. Forgiveness only works as a concept if we’re willing to do better next time. Otherwise what’s the point of forgiving someone or apologizindg even? The concept of forgiveness means you’ve recognized that you’ve done wrong. If you don’t really think you’ve done anything wrong, your lackluster apology won’t be appreciated, and may even damage your relationship with the other person or people.
Do you need to really forgive someone today? Do you need to ask for forgiveness today? Don’t put it off any longer. Make today the day that you choose forgiveness.