It has been said that resentment is defined by taking the poison and expecting the other guy to die. When we cling to resentment, we cannot forgive. Forgiveness in itself is simply letting go of the resentment while not condoning the behavior of the other. We spend a lot of time wanting the past to be more, less, better or different than our present. In doing so we end up foretelling that our future will likely turn out to be a repeat of the past; something which we cannot possibly change. Liberating ourselves from resentment frees our mind and thoughts.