Forgiveness – The Gift that Goes on Giving
The first, and often the only, person to be healed by forgiveness is the person who does the forgiving. When we genuinely forgive, we set a prisoner free and then discover that the prisoner we set free was us. – Lewis Smedes
My award-winning book, Flight Instructions: a Journey through Guilt to Forgiveness, and my website/blog, Taking Flight, tell of my inner calling in search of my true self, a summons ferocious enough to wrench me from my three young children and husband of 14 years. This is a story of forgiveness, redemption and healing. My blog chronicles the on-going story of this forgiveness as well as the after effects: freedom, peace, joy, and contentment as I take possession of my newly found, true authentic self. My new credo: “Forgiveness is the gift than goes on giving. It opens the heart space for love.”
My blogs carefully detail the many ways in which freedom shows up, each a tribute to the gift of forgiveness. I’ve titled this later blog series PMS – post memoir syndrome.
My book, the decades-long journey through guilt to forgiveness, served as a healing magnet, aligning my three daughters who I left behind and my former husband and his wife into a tightly-knit circle of love.
I’ve answered another calling, to be in service, a way of giving back. I developed two workshops: “The Write Remedy: Healing through Writing,” and “The Power of Forgiveness: Writing to Heal.” both are interactive workshops that introduces participants to writing as a therapeutic tool serving as an effective outlet for expressing thoughts and feelings related to painful life events. I use unique writing techniques in both workshops that can lead to healing life’s wounds, and demonstrate the fluidity of the steps for going from guilt/pain/shame to forgiveness. Forgiveness is at the root of letting go. This workshop evolved out of my personal journey of healing through writing.