“Tastes like cardboard”.
That’s the spoken or unspoken fear I believe most people have when presented with healthy food options and alternatives. As a mom of two children with food allergies, who enjoys trying new things and sharing with others, ask me how I know.
Now, two things: First, it is important to note that lack of creativity and skill, even missing a single ingredient can mess up any food recipe. Secondly, who is this person going around eating cardboard to know what it tastes like?
This is just an example of us projecting a belief onto something unknown for no other reason than holding on to the known and comfortable. We do the same thing with another “F” word. Forgiveness.
Forgiveness is letting go of past hurts, pains, and disappointments. It keeps our focus on the future and all the hopeful potential it holds.
But what often happens is, we get comfortable telling our sad stories and feeling sorry for ourselves or plotting and planning revenge that we dare not lose the momentary satisfaction we derive when we resist forgiveness.
You might have heard different variants of the quote: “holding onto anger-“, holding onto grudge-” or “holding onto resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die”. But the root or source of all these is unforgiveness.
So don’t skimp on the forgiveness because doing so is what actually brings the undesirable, “cardboard-tasting” consequences. Besides if you would just try it, you might taste and see that it is good. The following benefits give a pleasant aroma of forgiveness.
The Health Benefits of Forgiveness According to:
- Lowering the risk of heart attack,
- Improving cholesterol levels and sleep,
- Reducing pain,
- Reducing blood pressure, and
- Reducing levels of anxiety and stress.
- Healthier relationships,
- Greater spiritual and psychological well-being,
- Less hostility,
- Stronger immune system,
- Improved heart health and
- Higher self-esteem.
- A drop in the stress hormones circulating in your blood,
- Back pain, stomach problems, and headaches may disappear,
- Reducing the anger, bitterness, resentment, depression, and other negative emotions that accompany the failure to forgive.
Other Benefits of Forgiveness
And if none of those sound appetizing, then how about:
- Improved mental clarity and focus,
- Getting unstuck and being successful in achieving goals,
- Finally receiving the blessings and LOVE you’ve been searching for all along.
These are what I experienced personally as I learned to completely forgive my absentee father. So even, or especially if it’s something that happened a long time ago, you really need to let it go for your own benefit. Forgive.
Because forgiveness is a great way to LOVE yourself.
If the cardboard taste is in your mouth because you think it’s too difficult for you to do then I would love to show you an easier way you may not be aware of in my life-changing course: Refresh!
You can access the Refresh! course as a part of the Harvest! Course Bundle.
Always praying and rooting for you,