When we forgive others, we help ourselves as much as we help those whom we forgive. We are elevating ourselves and will feel much better when we forgive, than if we would keep on adding more and more resentment.
Try it for a couple of weeks. At night, think about any difficulties you had with others and forgive them. Notice how it will change your attitude toward those people the next day.
A person who threatens, "I'll remember that," or "I'll get even with you," hurts himself more than he hurts others. Why suffer from resentment when you can choose the pleasure of forgiving?
(Rabbi Pliskin's "Gateway to Happiness," pp.307-8)
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