Oh! Oh! I can answer this one! Right here! Just do it? No, wait, that was Nike. Anyhow, I’ve done it a million times, maybe more, so I can walk you through it. It’s almost like the process of grief. If you know the basic 5 Stages of Grief by Elizabeth Kubler Ross, you know there’s Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.
Here’s the thing, whenever you meet with feelings that don’t sit well, well, it may be time for a bit of an inventory. What happened before you felt this way (even if you can’t quite identify the feeling)? When someone has wronged or hurt you, you know it. (Ooooor, you find out about it later, which is way worse!) Anyhow, here’s where grief comes into play with forgiveness. No one is a true saint and, without doing something about it, you’re not going to get past what’s bothering you. If you have a family member who is addicted and has done you wrong over and over, when do you think that apology is coming? Well, it sure as shit isn’t coming as fast as you want it. So here’s a breakdown about how grief works in these situations:
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