|When I first saw this image about forgiveness on Facebook, the spirit within me immediately breathed a resounding, "Yes!" I loved it so much that I actually created a new board on Pinterest called "Wisdom," just so I could copy and paste this image and then revisit it! |
Forgiving others who I've perceived to hurt me has had only positive effects on my overall level of peace, and having that higher level of peace has had nothing but positive ramifications elsewhere in my life. I rarely feel stressed out to the point of stress-eating, and I deal with far fewer muscular pains. I'm much less likely to get stressed out by my daily responsibilities as a doctor, and I'm far less grouchy with my husband and kids.
Best of all, difficult people who used to push my buttons don't have the same negative effect on me. Now, I deal with them with an attitude that's more like "water off a duck's back." I realize that they see the world through lenses made of their own baggage and I have compassion for them. But I don't let them or their reactions steal my joy.
Moreover, because I don't waste mental or emotional energy "reacting," I get much more done without feeling tired. I don't WASTE energy by reacting to other people or from dwelling on the negative.
In contrast, back when I used to hold onto anger, it had only a negative impact in my life. More than once, I caught myself dwelling on ways other people wronged me. Being a bit of an obsessive person, I've tended to ruminate on certain past events the way a cow chews its cud. Thankfully, nowadays, I catch myself doing that earlier and redirect my thoughts more quickly onto God's truth and His goodness.
How about you? Feel free to comment below on how extending forgiveness has impacted your level of peace, your physical health, and your relationships.
- Rita Hancock MD "Dr. Rita"
- Dr. Rita Hancock is a board-certified pain management specialist and has been in full-time practice for fifteen years. As a Christian physician, she regularly counsels patients on emotional and spiritual issues that relate to pain management and weight control, in an effort to help her patients globally. Dr. Rita knows what it takes to overcome obstacles. By the time she was 17, Rita was 5’1” tall and weighed 207 pounds. But before she graduated from high school and left for Cornell University, she lost 75 pounds, fell into and then overcame a compulsive eating disorder, and has now maintained a healthy weight for nearly 30 years. After college, Rita attended medical school in Buffalo, NY. Thereafter, Dr. Rita completed an internship in internal medicine at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, and went on to her residency in rehabilitation medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, and subspecialty board-certification in Pain Management. Dr. Hancock is 47 years old and is married to Ed, the man who led her to Christ. Together, they have two wonderful children, Lindsey and Cory.