Anne Lamott on the Power of Forgiveness

December 4, 2014

Salon.com is on the third rendition of its Trust Me On This series, and this year, the publication is featuring eight extraordinary women to discuss the traditions they consider worthy of passing on.

In today’s Link, Anne Lamott writes about forgiveness and the power and healing it has had in her life, and how she has done her best to model what it looks like for her son.

The more public I am, the more people I talk to, the more I realize that I’d been comparing my insides to people’s outsides. And people’s insides are all the same amount of screwed-up-idness … People are very hurt, they’re very scared for their families, they’re keening deep down for what happened to them as children. Sometimes with truly awful families, sometimes with a culture that only values beauty or fitting in and a meritocracy. And people who were shunned by their families because of fundamentalism or because of who they loved. I find out everybody’s in the same boat.

Read Anne’s powerful essay here.

 

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