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Monday, April 22, 2013

Forgiveness ... and a Cup of Tea

If we were sitting and sharing a cup of tea today I would let you know that the winners of my revised blog launch were participants: 1, 6. 17 - as selected by random.org (see end of post for winner names). and I would show you my Marie Antoinette teacup from Versailles.

I would also share one of my steps in creating myself .... Forgiveness. I needed to forgive the guy who was driving the car that struck me down and changed my life as I knew it. I didn't have to tell him, but I had to in my heart forgive him ~ not for him but for myself. Forgiving released me from the internal anger, hurt ~ that I didn't even realize I was carry around. 

At some point in your life someone will do something or something will happen, that will leave you shattered. The last thing you will be thinking of is "forgiving" the person(s) [you feel are] responsible for your PAIN!

Forgiveness doesn't mean what happen was OK, and it doesn't mean you have to welcome the person(s) [back] into your life. It just means you have made peace with the pain, and are able to let it go.
Sometimes things happen to us when we are young. This hurt hides itself in the deepest darkest corners of our minds. We may not always recall it ... but it remains there, keeping us from fully living. Until we choose to longer remain victim to what happen to us ... we can we move forward and THRIVE!

Forgiveness frees us from the past.

As you sit and sip your cup of tea with me today ...
Take a moment ... think of someone who has hurt you and forgive the hurt they have caused you. Do this not for them ... [they don't need to know that you have forgiven their actions]... Do it for you!

Today I'm sharing with you my Marie Antoinette teacup which I purchased at Versailles on my 2010 trip to Paris with Mr. G.

Thank you to everyone who participated and your sweet comments and support of the revised High Heeled Life ... are you living yours? blog.


Ladies please email me at CeliaM@HighHeeledLife.com  your mailing address and I will get your goodies out to you right away.

If you forgive those who sin against you, Your Heavenly Father will forgive you ~ Matthew 6:14

How have you found peace and forgiven someone who has hurt you in past?

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  1. Forgiveness is a very powerful tool towards growth. It heals like nothing else but is also one of the hardest steps to take forward. God bless you dearest Celia for taking that step...
    And on a lighter note, what a gorgeous tea cup, just beautiful!!
    Hope you have a marvelous weekend doll!

  2. Thank you not only for the giveaway and the fact that I won, but I needed this post today. I need to work on forgiving. I don't really want to and let it go...but I need to. It will be better for me.
    Thank you!

  3. Thank you for sharing your story about your own forgiveness. The subject is very dear and relevant to me. Learning how to forgive has released the bitternes and pain. One of life's great lessons!

    Xx Daniƫlle

  4. This is such an inspiring post.

    I am in the process
    of hoping to forgive some people in my life
    that have done me wrong but still everytime I hear
    anything about them I still get mad and angry
    and that's when I know I haven't forgiven them yet.
    I just want to get to the point that I won't get affected
    by them anymore.

  5. Forgiveness is such a powerful tool. It frees us from bondage to the one we need to forgive! Wonderful post. And I am so excited I won! I can't believe it! Thanks so much!

  6. Such a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing. Found your site on the SITS website, so happy to have read your post. Have a wonderful day.


  7. Thank you so much Celia. Yes, there is a former friend who has hurt me deeply. In fact I have been dreaming about her that's how much my brain is reliving the drama/trauma.So when I woke up this morning, I felt I should talk to her or write a letter/ (one of those letters that addresses it all, and then you throw it away)

    What I do know is that the hurt is holding me back and affecting my therapy as well. So I must forgive her to free me!

    Art by Karena

  8. Oooh! Forgiveness of my Sister who I haven't spoken to for more than 16 years is a difficult one for me. I still can't get myself there so I have started EFT/Tapping to see if I can resolve my feelings .
    Lovely post Celia and I wouldn't expect anything less from someone like you in forgiving the driver that changed life as you knew it. You are truly a very special person C. I wouldn't have been able to do it-I just know I wouldn't have (I am ashamed to say) :-(

  9. Really wonderful words...
    I don't know, if my English is adequate enough to tell you all my feelings about this theme...
    I learned, that it's sometimes needful, that you forgive yourself, before you speculate what you have done or said before it's an eternal cycle in your head...
    Love, Ines

  10. Forgiveness is a challenge. To forgive those who changed my family's future is a process I am still working through. Forgiving myself for not guarding against the evils around my family; that will take even longer.

    But today however... I AM SO EXCITED! Thank you so much Celia. I cannot wait for my Cup of Tea! You are so very gracious. Thank you!

  11. I've found forgiveness, Celia, only hurts ME! Even when the person doesn't deserve the forgiveness. Forgiveness opened up doors that I would never have dreamed could. It doesn't release the forgiven from their responsibility, but it releases us from the pain. A good devotional and beautiful cup. I love it when cups hold special memories.

  12. Dearest Celia,
    What a gem of a post!
    You are such a dear person and you so aptly express your inner feelings and by doing so, you help a multitude of others. Yes, letting go does help us enjoy life. Important is also that knowing we can leave it all to God, he will be the final judge for all of us. That sets us free.
    Hugs to you dear friend,

  13. Beautiful story and yes forgiveness is hard...so very,very hard. I have managed to forgive my mother whom has hurt me and others around her in so many ways through the years. I think once in awhile I have to go back to God and hand the situation over to Him again and ask Him to make me humble and forgive her again. She will never probably take responsibility for her actions. That is ok with me though now. I know that my Father in Heaven has my back!! We are having Tea and Testimony next Wed. for my MOPS (moms of preschoolers). I am one of the board members. We have to write out or testimony on a piece of cardboard as a 1 to 2 sentence statement. I think you may have helped me to figure out how to write it just now!

    Thank you so very much for this post and the lovely photos to go along with it!

  14. I was put up for adoption when I was a baby and now that I'm an adult, I do sometimes have trouble forgiving my mother for not raising me. I forgive her but sometimes I get very upset and sad when I think about what she gave up. I guess I'll get there eventually. I'm Jennice visiting from #SITSsharefest

  15. Your attitude is very wise. Holding onto to anger and resentment does not allow us to grow and move forward. So glad to hear you are doing well--congratulations with your new blog launch and to the winners of your lovely give away!

  16. Celia....this is right on and powerful. I too needed to forgive the man who kidnapped me and held me for six months. I too needed to forgive so that I could live free. I'm glad you're doing it....glad you're living your best life regardless of what happens. We have no control over what other people do....only over us and how we move in the world. Hugs to you Celia....tons of them.

  17. You are always so inspiring, Celia. Forgiveness is such a tough one for so many people. I have no idea how I would handle forgiving others in another's shoes, as everyone's circumstances are completely different and can only speak for myself. I certainly couldn't even begin to think how I would handle what you've been through.

    In thinking back over my life, I've thought of a few instances where I felt forgiveness was needed to move on and it's the first time I've really sat down and asked myself whether I really officially forgave them. I think the way I handled those circumstances at the time was less a conscious act of forgiveness as much as a subconcious knowledge of knowing that in order to move on, I had no choice but to put it behind me and walk forward from there. I knew that thinking of the situation only made me sad and in order to keep unhappiness from seeping into my current life, I would need try to keep thoughts of the situation from my mind and step out of it and into new light. I don't harbor a grudge because in order to do that, I would have to give energy to thoughts of it and instead I just chose to to let it go.

    It sounds as if you have needed to do much the same in your situation, Celia, and are inspiring others along the way. By the way, your Paris cup is gorgeous! Could only make tea more special. Have a wonderful week, C! xoxo ~S

    SANDY M Illustration

  18. Celia,
    I can only imagine how extremely difficult that must have been and still is for you. Forgiveness is never easy, but it is key to going on in your life.
    I wish you a week ahead full of sunshine!


  19. Hi sweet friend.

    Remember me? I'm back blogging again after being AWOL for way too long. I've only been back a week or so, but it feels good and it's fun catching up with all my blogging buddies.

    Great post about forgiveness...so true.

    Big hugs,

  20. Hi Cecilia, what a wonderful post about forgiveness, a subject that hits all of us at one time or another. None of us are immune to it. Thank you for sharing your heart and soul and for the meaningful quotes sprinkled throughout your post. Congrats to the winners, too. xo

  21. Hello Celia,
    I am so sorry to hear of your accident. I didn't know. You are very brave and very caring about yourself to go on this journey of Forgiveness. It is hard! Everyday. Your post beautifully inspires us to remember forgiveness.
    I wish you the very best.
    Your tea cup is marvelous! I Love that they made these cups just like a set Marie had used. SO fab!

  22. Good morning Celia,
    Your post is thought provoking and offers such inspiration and good advice. Forgiveness is good medicine for all of us because no one is immune to heartache and hurt. I say a big Amen! to your well written post. Thanks for sharing from your heart and have an incredibly lovely day filled with joy.


  23. Celia, Thank you for reminding us to FORGIVE! This was a powerful post and very thought provoking! You are a special person and help others with your wonderful writings. I hope we can stop also and remember those who are in Boston, Ma and West, Tx for they have so much saddness now. I wish there were a way the victims could read your posting for it would be so helpful to those who are hurting. Glad your shared your teacup and enjoy your tea time. Thanks again!


  24. Very meaningful post. Thanks. Thanks also for joining Inspire Me. This really is inspiring. Hugs, Marty

  25. I'm working on this one. When I think I've gotten there, I find out I haven't. I know it gives the one to be forgiven more power, but boy....it is HARD to forgive some things and let it go completely. It's almost like grief in some ways........it's a wave and you just have to ride it.

  26. Wonderful teacup and photos!
    I found your post very emotive and makes me think a lot. I have read your story about your accident, so sorry for you and thank you very much for being so inspiring with your words.
    Besos from Argentina! Silvina

  27. The forgiveness you have given is one I am not sure I could give. I would be angry, bitter. I know it. It would take me a very long time...
    You have such an amazing heart Celia. I admire that about you!

  28. Those are lovely sentiments you've shared Celia, and a good reminder for me who caries around so much baggage. Have a lovely day. Hugs.

  29. This was such a truthful post - so powerful and life-changing. I remember when I realized I had to forgive my ex or I was never going to move forward, heal, stop being afraid, or allow someone else into my life. Everything changed after that! LOVE this post.


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