neither forgiven nor forgotten

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I do not believe I’m stronger for what I’ve gone through

I do not believe that pain and suffering build character

I know that I innately had character

and I know that I was strong to have survived

I’ve neither forgiven nor forgotten

that just doesn’t work for me

forgiveness has to be earned

and to forget would be stupid

don’t try to tell me otherwise

I don’t know if time really heals

I’m still waiting on that

but I can tell you that distance helps

as does cutting toxic people from your life

I’m still strong and I am a good person

in spite of, not because of them

and though I have moved on

and tried to bury my past

my ghosts are still breathing

~Melanie Thomason

Reblog from 2016

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9 responses to “neither forgiven nor forgotten

  1. Healing is journey, not just a destination. Let’s heal at our own pace and in our own unique ways. A beautiful piece, Melanie. ❤

  2. That is powerful and inspiring.

  3. “I’ve neither forgiven nor forgotten

    that just doesn’t work for me

    forgiveness has to be earned

    and to forget would be stupid

    don’t try to tell me otherwise.”
    I won’t tell you otherwise,
    because you are right,
    and I know.
    Stay safe and well Melanie.

  4. Toxic people are a good step forward. (Their elimination) 🙂

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