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Define Their Place in Your Life

Written by: Inspire My Journey

By definition, forgiveness is a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.   

When you look at it from this perspective, it seems completely unachievable, doesn't it?  Especially when the betrayal runs so deep.  

Fortunately, there is a way to simplify this process.  You can start by identifying how you want this person to show up in your life.

Let's walk through this together.

At the top of a sheet of paper, write your offender's name.  Underneath, make two columns.  Label one of them physical and the other emotional/mental.  

Under the physical column, write down what type of interaction you want to have with this person.  Is it no contact at all?  Is it only when necessary due to shared custody or work?  Or do you still desire to have a relationship with them?

Under the emotional/mental column, write down how you want this person to occupy space in your heart and mind.  Be as detailed as needed.

That's it!  Now you know to what degree you want them in your life and can make moves to get to your desired state.


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