“Forgiveness is an act of creation.

You can choose from many ways to do it.

You can forgive for now, forgive till then,

forgive till the next time,

forgive but give no more chances

it’s a whole new game if there is another incident.
Women who run with the wolves
You can give one more chance,

give several more chances,

give many chances, give chances only if.

You can forgive part, all,

  or half of the offense.

You can devise a blanket of forgiveness.

You decide”

~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés, from “Women Who Run With The Wolves”


(1945 – )

Poetess, author, editor
Post-trauma recovery specialist, psychoanalyst