In the last few days, social media and news have been flooded with #metoo. The number of women and men who are stepping forward is astounding though it is only a tiny fraction of the inappropriate behaviour perpetrated by persons who purposely manipulate the vulnerable or persons who genuinely believe it is acceptable behaviour.
2017 is a new beginning, and the year of empowerment and change. People will no longer be silent, they will no longer hide. Mistakes and grievances will come to light. Accountability and boundaries must be set. The process of healing through forgiveness must also begin.
We need to draw our boundaries by sharing with the world and hopefully to the perpetrators, what is or is not acceptable, #isnotacceptable on top of #metoo. There are many grey areas since we each hold different biases. When we are clear about what we consider to be unacceptable behaviour, we may contribute to preventing future misunderstandings and trauma.
Society is evolving rapidly, it is with social media platforms that we can quickly find common interests and mobilise citizen-led movements. We also have to evolve as a species to one of a compassionate nature and we can lead by example ... #ichooseforgiveness is about rising above the issue, neither staying silent nor staying in victim mentality.
We empower ourselves by choosing to forgive the perpetrators and a society that has been all too complacent for far too long. By the act of forgiving, we actively bring closure to the situation. Any karma and its discordant energy then becomes neutralised, balance is restored and together we move forward. We choose love and peace over anger and retaliation, in this act we claim back our sovereignty.
We cannot change the past but we can change how we feel about it. Forgiveness is a power you own, that no one can give you or take away from you. Forgiveness is a sacred form of self healing for your soul.