The ability to forgive another's transgressions is not always easy. There's the anger, the hurt, the frustration. Our ability to forgive impacts our daily lives, and, in fact, the planet.
"Forgiveness is emotionally difficult because evolution has endowed us with the psychological motivation to avoid being exploited by others, and the easiest way to prevent exploitation is to hit back or simply avoid the exploiter. Therefore, our discussion of forgiveness must begin by understanding that the urge to retaliate is very deeply rooted in evolutionary history," writes Anthony Lopez for the Science of a Meaningful Life.
Personally, I'm all over the map when it comes to forgiveness. Curiosity on this subject brought me to this quiz: How forgiving are you? When someone hurts you, are you more likely to turn the other cheek--or slash their tires?
From the same site:
The quiz draws on a scale created by forgiveness research pioneer Michael McCullough and his colleagues, offering insight into how we respond to those who do us wrong.
Before starting the quiz, think about someone—a friend, a spouse, a family member, a co-worker—who has hurt you. Then respond as honestly as possible to the following 12 questions with that person in mind, indicating how much you agree or disagree with each statement.
When you’re done, you’ll learn your score and what it suggests about your typical response when someone mistreats you.
Click this link to take the quiz and learn more about your ability to forgive. Forgiveness Quiz