It is very difficult to forgive someone else if you haven’t forgiven yourself.

I don’t know about you, but I believe there is a Force greater than myself in this universe that has a plan for me. I truly feel I am a part of that plan. As I go around the world and learn about different religions and different cultures, I find myself talking to different groups about this concept. Do you believe there is Someone or some Force outside of you?

We don’t have to agree religiously on any term, philosophical topic, doctrine, or any particular scripture. But the vast majority of people agree that there is a Force, or a Creator, larger than themselves. They may refer to it as God, or label this Force as something else. I am going to try, if I may, to stay clear of any particular religious viewpoint and to approach this very generically, allowing you to put your own label where you are comfortable.

As we try to live and follow the plan for our lives, one day we may find ourselves in a position where we do something wrong that causes feelings of guilt to flow into our conscience. It happens to all of us, doesn’t it?

Do you know the feeling I am referring to, that guilty feeling?

It can come from little things we do in our life.

Sometimes those things can be a bit larger, and then there are even bigger mistakes than that.

In other words, there is a whole spectrum of mistakes that we make in life.

For some of those things, we move on quickly, putting them out of our mind. Then there are the larger mistakes.

Why are you still packing around a burden that holds you back from becoming the best person you can be?

We have forgotten how to forgive each other or have chosen not to. All the major conflicts of the world can be linked to non-forgiveness.

We need to shout forgiveness from the rooftops and the mountaintops because non-forgiveness is the root cause of the majority of the problems that we face in the world today.

Author's Bio: 

Mark Victor Hansen, best known as the co-creator of the ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ empire (which is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling non-fiction book series ever), is a walking success magnet! Between his books and speeches, Mark has helped countless millions of people become their very best. Visit Mark’s 101 E-Book Library at