With all the suffering I have experienced in life, I realize that it can be a cycle that a person can continuously be dished and to dish out to others. I say that enough is enough as far as I am concerned!
I am going to reduce how much of suffering I dish out to everyone, whether it originally came from me or someone else. I am going to try to reduce the amount of suffering I inflict on animals by reducing the amount of animal products I use. I may not succeed 100%, but to me, if I just try to reduce the suffering I dish out even a little bit, it is a victory.
I am going to try to reduce the amount of suffering I inflict on other people, even if they try to inflict it on me first. I am going to ty to reflect on what I can do to reduce my contribution to the suffering in the world. I may not succeed 100%, but if I reduce it just a little, that is a victory.
I forgive anyone and everyone who has ever hurt me! Yes, I do believe that there needs to be consequence for actions taken, but not in a way that perpetuates the continual cycle of suffering when someone hurts me, I hurt them back, they hurt me and my friends, and I hurt them and their friends. To me, forgiveness is not about being "nice and sweet," it is about stopping the cycle of being hurt and hurting others in reaction.
Yes, I forgive everyone! Not to ignore the consequences of my actions and the actions of others, but rather to stop the perpetual cycle of misery and suffering in the world!
Whatever tradition you practice or do not practice, I wish you well in 2013!