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One time during a yoga class, I felt flooded with guilt. Guilt that I had ended a long and meaningful relationship poorly, and had upset and angered so many people. I felt guilty for the pain I had caused, guilty for some of my choices and actions.

As I moved through the class, anger came. I was angry at the people who had cut me off, for the injustices I had suffered in the relationship for years, angry for being misunderstood and blamed even for things that I didn’t do or weren’t my fault.

a nonprofit fundraising consultant can give forgiveness to his own self and everyone who caused him pain

And then it hit me. I desperately wanted forgiveness. I wanted it from everyone. But the one person I had to get it from first was myself. I had never forgiven myself. So there I was, back with the guilt that had bubbled up at the beginning of the class.

At that moment, I decided that I deserved to be forgiven. I spent the next 45min of the class saying to myself ‘I forgive you. I forgive you. I forgive you’, as tears silently streamed down my face, and the vinyasa flowed.

I left that class reborn. Forgiven. And the guilt and negative self-talk around this issue have never returned.

For more of my favorite fundraising tips and tricks, check out my Resource page! Here, you can find relevant articles, webinars, quizzes, etc. about fundraising in the nonprofit sector. In addition, you can subscribe to What the Fundraising for ongoing conversations about how you can fundamentally change the way you lead and fundraise. And to learn how to raise more from the right funders using the Power Partners Formula, you are always welcome to join one of my free Masterclasses at malloryerickson.com/free.

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