Forgiveness is giving up all hope that the past could have been any different. - It is forcing yourself to accept it, no matter how much it hurts. Forgiveness is the slow terribly painful healing process for a deeply wounded soul.
"To laugh often, to win the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of fast friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden path... to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." - Emerson