For many of us peaceful living is all that we want. A peaceful mind and a peaceful life is all that we need.
However, sometimes we put our trust in someone because we think we know them. We want to have faith that everything will turn out okay because friends and family are supposed to look out for each other.
Yet, what happens when someone who we think is a “friend” really is only looking out for their own best interest.
Do we hold on to all of the anger and bitterness that we might be holding against them or can we let go of the past and move on?
Is peaceful living really more important than being right?
That’s why I appreciate that Ricky Powell a veteran of the Entertainment Industry and creator of the website www.LifeLongHappiness.com was kind enough to share his story of forgiving a “friend” from High School for a real estate deal that went terribly wrong.
Working through some difficult situations at work and at home in his twenties and thirties. Ricky Powell became fascinated with the subject of happiness. He became really interested in how happiness is a choice regardless of your outer circumstances.
That’s when he began writing and lecturing on the subject and now teaches the principles that go into creating lifelong happiness, so you can make more money, have deeper, stronger relationships, and live longer.
In his own words, here is Ricky Powell’s powerful story of forgiveness and peaceful living…
Peaceful Living and the Power of Forgiveness
After reconnecting with a “friend” from High School, he had become a realtor and knew I was looking for an investment opportunity.
He recommended a property that was so horrid, I had multiple realtors tell me he had no business recommending it. I put 100% of my trust in him and bought it anyway. It turned out to be the worst financial decision I have ever made.
It ended up costing us the home where we had raised our kids.
What made you decide to forgive?
The science of happiness has become a life’s mission for me.
I have learned and realize that harboring anger and hatred is the most unhealthy thing you can do. The negative emotions have nowhere to go but to get buried inside, fester and begin to cause disease.
Forgiveness is a must if you want to live a happy, healthy and peaceful life.
Are there any specific types of tools or practices that helped you forgive?
Believe it or not, it is as simple as making the choice.
What important advice or tips would you give to someone in regards to the power of forgiveness?
The power is in your hands.
Forgiveness is a choice, just like happiness is a choice. Only you can make that choice!
If you ask me, what I really liked about Rick Powell’s story is how he reminds us that forgiveness really is as simple as making the choice to forgive.
Of course, sometimes it isn’t necessarily easy to forgive. Yet, the fact of the matter is if you really do want to live a happy, healthy, and peaceful life. Then you absolutely must be willing to forgive and let go.