The process of forgiveness allows us to find gratitude for the opportunity I have today. If I live my life in the past, I remain stuck in my lack of willingness to forgive myself for things I have done. This thinking prevents us from benefiting from the help that’s available, because I hold onto the notion that because of the things I have done, I don’t deserve anything better in life. This is nonsense. Tens of thousands of people right now have found their way past their own transgressions and are living meaningful and purposeful lives right now. You are not alone in having regrets for our unhealthy and/or illegal behaviors. Today, I will consider the benefits of self-forgiveness. I will recognize that others who have done the same or worse things than me have learned to forgive themselves, and are living lives that they can be proud of. Today, I have the understanding that my unwillingness to forgive not only hurts me, but continues to hurt the lives of those I care about. I will no longer remain stuck in my past, and set myself free for a brighter future.