forgive, not forget

begging forgiveness
into empty memories,
echoed hollow hurt

forgive not forget
mistakes build future success
with ghosts of past pain

i don’t know if it’s possible to fully forgive if you don’t forget, but this is the mantra i live by. i don’t want to forget other people’s transgressions or my own mistakes because they create boundaries that i refuse to let people, including myself, cross again. i can pardon them for their mistake and may, in time, no longer feel anger and pain towards them, but i will never let them make it again towards me.

the past is the foundation for the future, and what use is the past if we simply forget?

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