Forgiveness is like humility. It is fragile, and to speak of it is to lose it. We are more truly forgiving when we hardly think about being so. Forgiveness is a by-product of strength, and focus, and creativity, and empathy, and love.

Only the strong can forgive, and though none of us reach an ideal strength, all of us can become stronger. Forgiveness and strength always travel together. In fact when we are strong and forming well our lives, the power of our hurts will have diminished, and forgiving will be happening. We will not even have to think about it.

forgiveness happens - robert caldwell
Excerpt from The Difficult and Compelling Art of Forgiveness by Robert Caldwell, M. Div.