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Dalai Lama quote

Power Thought: Love, compassion and forgiveness

Listen to the audio version here or on Spreaker! [sc_embed_player_template1 fileurl=”http://www.carmaspence.com/carmaspence/audio/powerthoughts/2014/20141224.mp3″] “All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.” ~ Dalai Lama What this quote means to women entrepreneurs: December is […]

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Let go to move forward

Forgiveness moves you forward

What do the current Pope, Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Cesar Chavez and Nelson Mandela have in common?

The all preached the importance of forgiveness.

Some people mistakenly believe that forgiveness is about giving the “wrong-doer” a free pass. That’s not the case at all. Forgiveness is all about the one doing the forgiving. When you forgive, you let go of anger and resentment that can hold you back from owning your awesome and building the life and business you have envisioned.

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Release, let go and forgive … to set yourself free

Release, Let Go, Forgive

The first step in getting beyond your glass wall, that invisible shield that keeps you apart from your potential and vision for your future, is to release, let go and forgive past wrongs. Forgive others and yourself.

In this second part of the presentation I did for Toastmasters District 1 Speakers Bureau in September 2013, I talk about this step and how I accomplish it in my life.

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The role of self-forgiveness in gratitude

elvan-princess April’s gratitude work focused on mercy and atonement, on forgiveness and making amends to others and to oneself. And, as strange as it may sound, it was a tough theme for me to connect with.

I’ve always lived my life with a focus on being regret-free, always doing the right thing and being a generally good and nice person. Yes, I’ve made mistakes … I am human (much to my chagrin … couldn’t I be an elven princess?).

Anyway, it was an interesting month of gratitude work.

Immanual Kant, a philosopher who, according to Monty Python, was a real piss-ant, felt that “ingratitude is the refusal to acknowledge the good, and as a result is a profound moral failure of the human spirit.” In other words, many times our downfall is not recognizing the mercies and good things that are abundant in our lives.

I took the opportunity to really look at those moments in my life where I didn’t live up to my own standards, those times that I failed to do the right thing as I defined it. And I discovered that I had one big regret in my life that I’ve spent the last year beating myself over the head about.

You see, I was married for 12+ years to a less than ideal partner. This is not a recrimination of the man … I still believe that there is a good person in there somewhere, but I didn’t bring it out in him. We were not a good match. And I had plenty of opportunity to walk away.

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