“Forgiveness is about healing suffering for ourselves and others. Until we develop compassion within ourselves and a concern about the welfare of others, we cannot truly forgive.”
-his holiness the Dalai Lama
"If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive."
- Mother Teresa
“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.
"What power has love but forgiveness?"
-William Carlos Williams
“If you let go a little, you will have a little happiness. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely, you will be free.”
“Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is ceased. This is an ancient and eternal law.”
-attributed to the Buddha
Barbara Bonner has devoted her professional life to leadership roles in distinguished nonprofits. She has also spoken widely on nonprofit management with a focus on the role of generosity in creating thriving institutions. A student of contemplative study and practice for many years, her books delve into the values central to her own life and work. Barbara is the author of three books, Inspiring Generosity, (2014) Inspiring Courage (2017), and Inspiring Forgiveness (March, 2020). She lives in Western Massachusetts. For more information on Barbara’s work, visit www.barbarabonner.org.