Who hasn’t done something stupid? Thoughtless? Insensitive? Unkind? Who hasn’t lied? Or made a promise, then broke it? Who hasn’t done something to embarrass another person? Or humiliate them? Or gone along with the crowd, when it was wrong, just because they wanted to fit in, belong? Who hasn’t used words or actions to hurt our families, friends, strangers, teachers, or neighbors? And yes, even ourselves? Who hasn’t spread gossip that cut another person to their soul? Who hasn’t been cruel, rude, mean?

Who hasn’t made mistakes? Done things they regret? Wished they could go back in time for a do-over? Who hasn’t been afraid to ask forgiveness, but instead chose silence? Who hasn’t wished they had said, “I’m sorry,” but now it’s too late?

It’s not.

I HOPE YOU FORGIVE ME is the opportunity to share your burden. To admit what you’ve done. Anonymously. To perhaps finally leave the past where it belongs—in the past. Or it could be a huge step toward taking responsibility and the beginning of making amends. It’s more than a confession. It’s acknowledgment. It’s my hope that by sharing experiences, we give others the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and more importantly, to help prevent others from walking in similar shoes. Let’s make a difference. Together.

This world needs more compassion. More kindness. More empathy. Forgiveness is a critical step without condoning the act.

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