I know that, in my mind, I place many expectations others… The phrase for this lesson is: accept, don’t expect. It seems to me that forgiveness is letting go resentment. And it seems to me that resentment is a preference for a different past. I look at what was, compare it to what I thought ought to have been, and thereby nurture resentment. So, it seems to me that forgiveness is a means of living more fully in the present, rather than chaining myself to a past that will never be any different. I chose this. All things return choice. I will always have the choice to harbor or let go of resentment. Always I can choose to forgiveness. I can choose now over the past. Whether clinging to or letting go of resentment, the past does not change – my preference for a different will never be satisfied. In meditation and contemplation, I can see how my suffering has led me to contribute to other’s suffering. What is true for me is true for others. Compassion informs me that the things I resent were born in suffering. Rather than nourish my own suffering (in clinging to resentment), I can nourish liberation (in forgiveness). Nourishing liberation in myself contributes to the liberation of all.