National Day of Forgiveness
annually on September 27th (since 2021)
Melissa Reese: the Pursuit Guru on August 30th, 2021
Forgiveness is a process, not an act, and it teaches the forgiver about themselves as well as about those being forgiven. It can set them on a path to healing from mental or emotional pain, trauma, and grief. It relieves stress—from anger, resentment, and bitterness—and gives permission to heal and to stop living in the past, so the future can be looked to instead. It provides physical health benefits too, since less anxiety and stress transfers to lower blood pressure, a stronger heart, an improved immune system, and even possibly the reduction of physical pain. National Day of Forgiveness provides the opportunity to understand the benefits that forgiveness provides, and it encourages developing ways to incorporate forgiveness into one's life.
Melissa Reese, author of The Pursuit of Forgiveness 2.0 and the day's creator, says "The purpose of the day is to help people understand forgiveness from a pragmatic perspective and make it something so tangible that people excitedly and readily invite it into their lives." What is forgiveness? According to Reese, "Forgiveness is about letting go of the toxic, detrimental, and heavy emotions and thoughts to make room for LOVE." Her hope is "that the day, the concept, the intention, and most importantly the LOVE will reverberate and be felt and experienced far and wide, for at least the day. And just maybe, that day will provide enough inspiration to find its way into many other days in all our lives."
How to Observe National Day of Forgiveness
Melissa Reese, the day's founder, suggests the following ways to celebrate:
- Post a story of forgiveness in your life, it can be written or a video. Share this inspiration on social media and use the hashtag #nationaldayofforgiveness.
- Forgive yourself. Utilize the Forgiveness Processes I created to help you with this. Find them here.
- Forgive another. Utilize the Forgiveness Processes I created to help you with this. Find them here.
- Read a book about forgiveness:
- Share a book about forgiveness with someone. (See above.)
- Read my blog posts on this site.
- Donate to the Choose LOVE Movement.
- Donate to your favorite animal rescue or shelter. Here are two doing fantastic things for both animals and humans: Marley's Mutts, Pumpkin Patch Rescue.
- Go out into your community and find someone to connect with that you maybe would not normally attempt to connect with.
- Hug a tree and thank it. Then, donate to this visionary organization focused on saving trees: Champion Tree Project.
- Become a part of the Be LOVE Movement.