Posted: November 27th, 2013
The issue of being treated unjustly reminds me of one occasion where I had to denounce my pride and embrace the aspect of forgiveness. Indeed, I moved through the states of forgiveness as identified by Enright and his colleagues. As such, I uncovered my anger and examined the unjust act and my feelings about it. I realized that revenge would not solve the situation but would alleviate it instead. I, therefore, decided to forgive since I was willing to turn my back on the unjust act and look forward to the future. My situation can be defined by Enright and Rique (2005), through what they term as discovery and release.
Conversely, I have also been in a situation where I asked for forgiveness after committing an unjust act to my friend, Michael. At first, I did not realize the implications of action on him. Michael took it upon himself to confront me and express his feelings about the ordeal. At this point, I felt consumed by a guilt conscience and acknowledged the need to seek forgiveness from him. The process involved acknowledging that I had made a mistake, and offering an apology as the remedy. Even though reluctant, he accepted my apology. The minor fallout between Michael and I served to reinforce our friendship (Maltby, Day & Barber, 2005).
People are bound to have disagreements in the workplace. In such an environment, the staff is composed of people with different social, cultural, and religious views (Aquino, Grover & Goldman, 2003). In case conflict arises from such differences, forgiveness serves as the proper means of restoring accord in the workplace. Through forgiveness, employees are able to understand how to relate with each other. It also serves to build employee relationship and trust.
Aquino, K., Grover, S. L., Goldman, B., & Folger, R. (2003). When push doesn’t come to shove: Interpersonal forgiveness in workplace relationships. Journal of Management Inquiry, 12(3), 209-216.
Enright, R., & Rique, J. (2005). Enright Forgiveness Inventory: The Measurement tool of choice in forgiveness research. Retrieved from http://www.mindgarden.com/products/efins.htm
Maltby, J., Day, L., & Barber, L. (2005). Forgiveness and happiness. The differing contexts of forgiveness using the distinction between hedonic and eudaimonic happiness. Journal of Happiness Studies, 6(1), 1-13. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10902-004-0924-9
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