When I was a lot younger, I used to have this idea in my head that I need to take revenge on certain things. That when people do something to me, I need to retaliate. I was following the saying, if they hit you, you hit back. I couldn’t for the life of me (at that time) understand the Bible phrase to ‘give your other cheek’ I swear, I thought it was so very wrong. Then I experienced heartache. I was feeling my lowest (I think) and then one day, I realized – that I needed to forgive that person and I needed to forgive myself. It took a while, but then when I wished that person well and after that, everything was alright again. The pain was minimal, I think I grew so much from that experience. The lesson I learned then was to not think negatively of others, and instead wish them the best. Let’s not think ill of others, instead wish them well. That’s what I do now. Whenever I’m irritared or angered by circumstances, I take a breath – say this in my head ‘Lord, please take care of this’ and after a while, I’ll be calmer. I wish I can instill in my children the act of forgiving and to accept apologies, no matter how early or how late.