|Baby me and my great-grandma who passed away in 1996|
Friends are the family we choose. I'm so blessed to have several longtime friends who've been with me through the years to share tears and laughter. We've loved each other through differences of opinion because we are bonded by shared values and mutual respect.
Recently a girl I knew in middle and high school found me online to catch up and compliment my blog. As an adolescent, I had treated her with the cruelty for which 13 year old girls are infamous. I expressed my sincerest apologies and her ensuing forgiveness was a huge relief. Forgiveness is not just a gift to give others, but yourself as well. There is really no benefit in holding a grudge.
Forgiveness: Receiving and Giving