The Value of Self Forgiveness

I don’t know if I continue,even today,always liking myself.
But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself.
It is very important for every human being to forgive herself
or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is
inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you
forgive yourself and say, ‘well, if I’d known better I’d have
done better,’ that’s all. So you say to people who you think
you may have injured, ‘I’m sorry,’ and then you say to yourself,
‘I’m sorry.’
If we all hold on to the mistake, we can’t see our own glory
in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces
and the mirror; we can’t see what we’re capable of being.

You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real
forgiveness is in one’s own self. I think that young men
and women are so caught by the way they see themselves.
Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive,
as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat
or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that’s rough.
But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome
how you think about yourself. If we don’t have that we never
grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.
-Maya Angelou

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