"It is through forgiveness that I have repossessed what was stolen from me and put it back where it rightfully belongs."
"Forgiveness won’t change the past, but it can change the present, which is where the future starts."
Zak EbrahimRachel Bird2022-11-14T08:56:30+00:00
"In that instant, I realized how much negative energy it takes to hold hatred inside of you."
Gayle KirschenbaumRachel Bird2022-10-03T18:11:52+01:00
"I choose to forgive her for my own health and happiness and to free myself from mental angst and bondage."
Pardeep KalekaRachel Bird2023-01-23T15:00:19+00:00
"We decided we needed to reach out and get to know our neighbours, making contributions to our community and learning together."
Mathew ShurkaRachel Bird2022-05-25T19:05:41+01:00
"In the past I’d always perceived him as this horrible man who didn’t understand or care for me, but now I just saw a father who loved his son."
Liz StoneRachel Bird2021-02-25T14:12:01+00:00
"Softly the answer came; ‘forgiveness is mine to give, his reaction is irrelevant’."
Matthew Boger and Tim ZaalRachel Bird2021-02-25T14:25:28+00:00
"I knew the only way to get past what had happened so that it would no longer dictate my life was to forgive him."
Brenda AdelmanRachel Bird2021-02-25T14:19:57+00:00
"The missing step was embracing my anger in a healthy way."
Scarlett LewisRachel Bird2021-03-30T15:06:27+01:00
"So please honour Jesse’s memory by consciously changing an angry thought into a loving one, to make this a better world."
Dr. Chuck SandstromRachel Bird2021-02-25T14:39:06+00:00
"To borrow from Harold Kushner, forgiveness is first and foremost a way of seeing. It cannot change the facts about the world we live in but it can change the way we see those facts."
Ish Kode Bish Iki / Morris (Doc) MosayRachel Bird2021-02-25T14:36:33+00:00
"The abuse remains embedded within my people. It is very difficult to step outside the historical trauma that perpetuates."
Stephanie CassatlyRachel Bird2022-11-11T19:31:31+00:00
"That brand of forgiveness was for extremists who went on Oprah."
Mary Johnson and Oshea IsraelRachel Bird2021-02-25T15:33:46+00:00
"It was such a healing poem all about the commonality of pain and it showed me my destiny."
Samantha LawlerRachel Bird2023-01-25T08:58:45+00:00
"Forgiveness is not about forgiving the act but forgiving the imperfections which are inherent in all of us."
Cathy HarringtonRachel Bird2021-02-25T16:14:30+00:00
"Lots of things in life are senseless. There’s so much we can’t explain but we need to be able to love the questions."
Lynette D. Gracesimon2021-02-26T10:47:47+00:00
"My mission now is to work with Johnny to offer a story of healing, forgiveness and restoration in the hope of inspiring others."
"I wanted to know what type of kid would do this?"
"Forgiveness is a sublime example of humanity that I explore at every opportunity."
"I had forgiven Charles, not condoned what he did. And I was still afraid of him."
"In the end, forgiveness released me from the hate that was consuming me."
"Forgiving my attacker was easy...But forgiving myself for what happened took me 25 years."
"I told them that killing these boys will not bring my family back."
"I knew that if something didn’t change I would be in the graveyard, dead from a broken heart, next to my little daughter."
Linda Apo & Marilyn Vierradavewilkinson2021-03-11T14:31:42+00:00
"The Huikahi Restorative Circle helped me go places I’ve never been before, take steps I’ve never taken."
"I wanted to go to court for justice – not revenge."
Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafidavewilkinson2021-03-11T17:41:57+00:00
"Meeting Aicha gave me strength and took away my anger and bitterness."
Aqeela Sherrills and Calvin Hodgesdavewilkinson2021-08-09T10:52:14+01:00
"The more you communicate the more difficult it is to commit violence, because you’re no longer isolated or wearing a mask."
"Initially I was unable to entertain any thought of forgiveness, but slowly I came to realize that bitterness only creates bitterness."
Azim Khamisa and Ples Felixdavewilkinson2022-11-14T14:10:05+00:00
"We believe that in every crime there is an opportunity to improve society by learning how to prevent that crime from happening again."
"Our goal is to honor Daniel with acts of hope, and not mar our memory of him with anger or hatred or despair."
"About a year before the execution I found it in my heart to forgive Tim McVeigh. It was a release for me rather than for him."
"The most difficult thing in all this is being able to forgive myself."
"My anger is entirely directed towards myself for turning my back on my son when he needed me most."
"I’m refusing to fall in line with what 'they' want, which is visceral hatred between two sides; this gives me permission to reconcile."