Book Club – Forgive for Good
This month the Maniacs were busy with their home organization projects and with reading Dr. Fred Luskin’s Forgive for Good in preparation for our monthly book club meeting. While not an organizing book per se, we all felt that learning more about the power of forgiveness would benefit both us and our work with our clients. Forgive for Good offers advice for people struggling to move past a hurtful time or action and who want to be able to move forward and live a happier, more fulfilling life.
Dr. Luskin has done extensive research on forgiveness and uses the results of his studies along with more anecdotal case studies to illustrate just how powerful forgiveness can be to our mental and physical health. Before doing so, however, he defines what he means when he uses the term forgiveness. Forgiveness does not, to him, mean condoning of the hurtful behavior. Rather, what he is encouraging is for people to take back their lives and to take the power away from the person that hurt them and turn themselves from a victim into a hero by choosing to move forward and not spend their present energies on past pain.
The Maniacs enjoyed learning about the forgiveness research projects and also liked the idea of reframing your story to take the power back from someone who has hurt you. Life brings with it many transitions – some good, some painful, some by choice, some forced upon us. It is often hard to feel in control of our lives and our spaces begin to reflect this sense of chaos. In our work as Professional Organizers, we have the privilege of helping our clients through these transitions and have seen first-hand the courage it takes to forgive and also the rewards that come with it. Our clients are often grateful for the work we do with them, but we also hope that they realize just how grateful we are for the opportunity to be inspired each and every day by people who are choosing to change their lives, take back their spaces, and live a life they have chosen for themselves.