Making Amends…..

“To err is human, to forgive is divine.”  Ah, the wise words of Alexander Pope.  Do you have any unresolved issues hanging over you?  A misunderstanding with a family member, or an argument with a co-worker?  We all have at one time or another.  To really free ouselves of this pain, anger, guilt, or confusion that we are holding onto, we need to make amends by trying to clear things up.  This is so important for our mental, emotional and physical well being.  It will be like a load of bricks being removed from your shoulders.  You will feel yourself become lighter and you will  wonder why you didn’t try to make amends earlier.  You know what else?  It will more than likely deepen the bond that existed between yourself and the person that the misunderstanding took place with as well.  Or at the very least you can agree to disagree and move on and start feeling like yourself and being productive again.  When dealing with others we must remember that there are many different paths of learning and that we all see things from different angles and perspectives. 

I realize that there are all kinds of problems and misunderstandings.  Some problems are much bigger than others.  And some misunderstandings will not be as easily rectified as others.  Some require outside help such as a trusted friend or therapist.  However, each situation resolved, no matter how small, is one more step towards freedom.  Give it a try!  Free yourself.  It doesn’t matter who or what started the misunderstanding.  What does matter is how it is affecting your life and your ability to live it.  And if you really think about it…making amends or forgiving someone isn’t as much for them as it is for you.  It doesn’t condone what they may have done to you, but it does allow you to move on.  Try to patch things up.  You will live a healthier life!

Published by: gbrianbenson

Founder of Reawaken Media. Writer, multiple award-winning author, TEDx speaker, actor, filmmaker, storyteller, inspirational poet, radio personality, finisher of over 50 triathlons (including 4 Ironman distance races) and cross-country bicyclist. 2016 is already heating up for Brian as he he has a recurring part on the new TV show Sangre Negra, has been invited to give a TEDx talk in Pasadena at the end of May, was interviewed for the soon to be released documentary The Last Formula and will be releasing his new film short Searching for Happiness in early summer. In addition to acting in TV and film, Brian enjoys creating his own projects. In 2011 Brian created Guitar Man, a movie project that he wrote, produced and acted in that was filmed in downtown Reno, Nevada. The movie was written by Brian with the idea of sharing the messages ‘that we all have a lot in common’ and ‘that our true gifts reside within ourselves.’ Guitar Man was well received and was accepted to 11 movie festivals and was a winner at the Love Unlimited Film and Art Festival, won an honorable mention prize in the narrative short category at the 2011 Los Angeles Movie Awards as well as a Golden Reel Award from the Nevada Film Festival. Before Brian got into acting he authored four books, including Brian’s List – 26 1/2 Easy To Use Ideas on How to Live A Fun, Balanced, Healthy Life! which was the winner of a 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Self-Help category. Brian’s latest book Finding Your Voice was an award-winning Finalist in both the 2013 USA Book News and the Indie Excellence Book Awards. Brian lives in Los Angeles, California and will be releasing his first children's book "Steve the Alien" in late October of 2016. Visit Brian's website -

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4 thoughts on “Making Amends…..”

  1. Many times the misunderstanding festers even though both people would like it to end. Because of ego, because of embarrassment, both are afraid to make the first move. Swallow your pride, face your fear. Regardless of how it works out, there will be one less regret in your life.

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