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Fear is a part of growth, and a part of risk, and a part of change. Like other feelings, it is not permanent, and should not be a barrier to progress.

The world, as Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav wisely taught us, is a narrow bridge, and the essence of life is not to be afraid. Often it is fear that blocks our path, not the object of fear. One who overcomes fear need not be foolish and reckless, but can be more certain of his choices and more loving in her judgments.

Think to yourself of how you might summon the courage to not be afraid of forgiveness. In what ways have you overcome your fear of it in the past—small and large? How can you tap into some of that strength to build a path to forgiving and, thereby, forgive yourself?

–David Wolpe

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