This is week six, and is about forgiveness. I’ve done this mind map.
Some of the core features of forgiveness.
It’s when others have wronged you, it’s about forgiving them and accepting other people’s shortcomings, and giving people a second chance, and not being vengeful.
The essence of it is when you’ve been hurt, when you feel wronged, it’s letting it go, not letting it eat you inside, which is what many people seem to do.
It correlates with five other character strengths, which are needed. They are Fairness, Leadership, Teamwork, Kindness and Love.
It comes under the virtue of temperance.
The golden mean; it’s in between you’ve got merciless on one extreme, and on the other extreme is permissive, being completely permissive.
It brings a lot of physical and psychological health benefits, emotional well-being, healthy lifestyle behaviour, social support, spiritual well-being.
I know for myself I got a lot out of this. I had a very unhealthy relationship some years ago, and it finished in a pretty bad way, and there was some bad stuff went on at the end of the relationship. Some really really bad stuff. And I let it make me angry for a while and then when I learned to to just let it go and to not play the victim for one thing, and also not to to worry about it. Not to to let it eat me up. It really freed me. It made such a difference.