Forgiveness is giving up all hope that the past could have been any different. - It is forcing yourself to accept it, no matter how much it hurts. Forgiveness is the slow terribly painful healing process for a deeply wounded soul.
"I think part of the reason why we hold on to something so tight is because we fear something so great won't happen twice." Sad thing is that holding on will also keep a greater thing from coming. Fear should never be a motivation.