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Sometimes People Don’t Say Sorry—Why It Pays to Forgive Nonetheless

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Sometimes People Don’t Say Sorry—Why It Pays to Forgive Nonetheless


“Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.” ~Roberto Assagioli

I used to wonder about my father when I was little. Was he a good man? What was his appearance? What did he say to me? Does he love you?

Above all else, I was curious as to why he had left.

I used to create stories about him. I imagined him traveling to different lands and bringing me small gifts from each place he went. He learned new trades and language and met the locals. He’d tell them stories about how much he loved and missed me, and how he couldn’t wait to come home.

Another time. He was a doctor who worked abroad to help heal children in poverty and sickness. He couldn’t come home because, without him, those children would die, and when I was big enough, I’d travel to be with him.

It was nice to imagine him far away, out of reach and doing important work. I could understand his absence in this light. But it was not nearly as heroic as I had imagined.

When I was a teen, I spoke with my father for the first time and found out he lived in another state and ran his own business.

He’d remarried since my mother and divorced, but had no…



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