Forgiving someone after they have hurt you is the best and only option you have to release what happened. Forgiving something that happened in your past is also another way to let it go and move on. Forgiveness is a powerful tool that is often left abandoned, for we often choose to instead condemn the past and the people that hurt us by staying mad and angry. When we choose to hold onto anger and resentment instead of forgiving, we create a host of problems for ourselves. We change how we interact, how we perceive the world around us, and how we think and feel. By holding onto our anger instead of forgiving, we are living that emotion instead of peace and happiness.
When we forgive, we let go not only of what happened, but we let go of the anger as well. We allow ourselves to move on and feel better. We may think that since we feel so much pain that we are justified in staying mad. When we forgive, we also let go of the pain, for it no longer represents anything. Forgiveness is very powerful tool for you because of how it can make you feel. You are more important than anything that has happened, and how you feel today is more important than any anger you want to hold onto. Every moment creates the next moment and how you feel. If you release something and forgive, then the next moment that follows will find you happier and more at peace.