Bridges of Peace Initiatives

I Believed Forgiveness was an Empty Concept! Reflections of the Forgiveness Workshop by Mary Mayah

As I reflect on the past six weeks when we have been having the Forgiveness Workshop, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and a sense of profound transformation. This journey of unlearning and learning has opened my eyes to a fresh and powerful understanding of forgiveness, one that I never thought possible. Allow me to share my compelling experience with you all.

When I first walked through the doors of this workshop, I carried the heavy burden of past grievances, resentment, and pain. I believed that forgiveness was merely a word, an empty concept that held no real significance in my life. Little did I know that this workshop would become the catalyst for an incredible paradigm shift.

Throughout the weeks, we delved deep into the core of forgiveness, exploring its essence and unraveling its intricacies. Through engaging discussions, introspective exercises, and heartfelt testimonials, I discovered that forgiveness is not a passive act but a conscious choice. It is a journey that we embark on, one that requires patience, understanding, and self-compassion.

One of the most significant revelations for me was the realization that the words we choose when addressing the afflicted party hold immense power. I learned to carefully select my language, to convey empathy and understanding, and to acknowledge the pain caused. By doing so, I found that the process of forgiveness became more authentic and meaningful, fostering healing and reconciliation.

Equally important was the lesson of self-forgiveness. In the past, I would beat myself up for the mistakes I made, believing that I didn’t deserve forgiveness. However, this workshop taught me that self-forgiveness is an integral part of the journey. I learned to extend compassion towards myself, understanding that we are all flawed beings who make mistakes. Through self-forgiveness, I found the strength to let go of guilt and shame, allowing me to move forward with grace and acceptance.

Now, armed with this newfound knowledge and understanding, I make a solemn promise to transfer the wisdom and insights I have gained. I am committed to embodying forgiveness in my daily life, spreading its transformative power to those around me. I will strive to be a beacon of compassion and understanding, supporting others on their own forgiveness journeys.

To the facilitator, Madam Njeri, thank you for creating a safe and nurturing environment that allowed us to explore the depths of forgiveness. Your guidance, empathy, and unwavering support have been invaluable. I am eternally grateful for the space you provided for growth and healing.

To my fellow participants, I extend my heartfelt gratitude. Your vulnerability, honesty, and shared experiences have enriched this journey beyond measure. Together, we have created a community bound by a shared understanding of forgiveness, a community that will continue to inspire and uplift one another.

As we conclude this workshop, I am filled with a renewed sense of purpose and hope. I carry with me the tools, knowledge, and compassion necessary to navigate the intricate path of forgiveness. And I am forever changed.

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