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#tuesdayuseitinasentence – Phlegm and Forgiveness


She spat out her apology like phlegm, only to feel her unrepentant anger build to new and distasteful heights.

Writing this sentence has brought to mind how I feel about the questionable wisdom that by forgiving someone of a wrong done to us, we are freeing ourselves rather than the other person. I suppose it depends on whether or not we can believe we are truly forgiving.

The other popular adage is “forgive and forget.” Sometimes forgetting is much easier on the soul than forgiving. But does it teach us anything?

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Author: LindaGHill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

21 thoughts on “#tuesdayuseitinasentence – Phlegm and Forgiveness

  1. I think we’re freeing ourselves by forgiving, but by no means forgetting. πŸ™‚


    • You think so? For me it’s the remembrance that hurts the most. Kind of like when you do something embarrassing and get embarrassed again every time you think about it. πŸ˜›

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      • We are freeing ourselves by forgiving and by doing so, the wrongdoer has to deal with her own repercussions. If we don’t let go it becomes toxic in our systems. But I don’t think human nature allows us to forget. It becomes like a secretly buried black mark in our memories, but that doesn’t mean our hearts can’t forgive.
        This is my thought about forgiveness. I’ve had plenty of practice thinking about it. Hence, I’m writing a sequel to my first book, about forgiving. πŸ™‚


  2. Sometimes, sorry is snot the hardest word.


  3. Awesome sentence… I can actually think of a couple of times when I felt somewhat the same (although the apology wasn’t spat) even as an adult πŸ˜‰. Thank you for contributing.


  4. Perhaps a phlegmy apology isn’t sincere to begin with — like a child told to say, “Sorry.” They do, but it means nothing. I’m with you on the questionable wisdom.


  5. Ahhh, one of the great mysteries of the human condition. Truly Linda forgiving is the key to peace in the soul. And it is a self actualizing act – you do it for you / for your fulfillment. It may not be easy but it sure is forceful.


  6. I tend to like “forgive and move on” but not necessarily forget.

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  7. She can keep that Apology πŸ˜‰


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