What does forgiveness have to do with careers and business? Plenty, because the focal point of forgiveness is people, or a person.
Whether we’re injured or causing injury – it happens. Sometimes it’s intentional and malicious. I’d like to think that most of the time, it’s not. Maybe it’s just thoughtlessness, or selfishness.
The greater the harm or damage, the greater the effort to accomplish forgiveness. A commitment to harbor ill-will, bitterness, resentment and to seek revenge is exhausting. In business terms, it’s among the lowest ROI propositions going. And because the emotions that fuel it are so high, we often push headlong into bad behavior. Who cares if it pays? We desperately want what we want.
Everybody knows the feeling of wanting forgiveness. What if we could embrace that feeling and flip it over, using it to fuel a desire to forgive others?
I’m not saying it’s easy, but I am saying I think it might be worthwhile.