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Welcome to Day 12 of the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge! Today we spark inspiration, meaning and joy with FORGIVENESS.

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and realize that prisoner is you.Lewis B. Smedes

CHALLENGE: Determine who you can offer forgiveness to today so that you can have more space for gratitude in your life.

INSPIRATION: I have been fortunate to meet thousands of incredible individuals throughout my speaking career, including musician Greg Brayton who reminded me the importance of forgiveness.

At just 8 months old, Greg went blind. Spending most of his life filled with anger + disappointment, finding forgiveness finally unleashed Greg’s full potential. By letting go of his anger, Greg began to see the light of life + beauty in each day.

ACTION: How can you offer forgiveness to someone (or yourself) to open more space for gratitude in your life? Consider writing a letter (to give or to keep), make a phone call, or schedule a FaceTime call today.

Inspire us all by posting in the comments on the Day 13 Challenge Page here or on social media tagging me and using #inawe. I can’t wait to read it… and will randomly select one commenter to win a copy of IN AWE!

My friends, today is your day! Live IN AWE.
John O’Leary

Did you know? 
The 21-Day IN AWE Challenge is inspired by John’s forthcoming book IN AWE. Preorder your copy + follow all the fun behind the scenes at ReadInAwe.com.


*One winner will be selected every day until publication 5/5/2020.

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  • Joel Boggess

    This is a good one also…
    I remember a few years ago, I wrote a long message to FB messenger to my mother’s ex-boyfriend.
    This man terrorized us from my age 6-13. I saw and was put through things (along with my mom) that no one (adult or child) should have had to experience. Needless to say, it colored many aspects of my world.
    In short, I forgave him for all that he did to us.
    It was freeing and liberating for me! I even said in the message that he didn’t need to contact me back, nor did I want him to.
    He didn’t.
    The forgiveness was done on my part, and that’s what was important for me and for my family.
    Yes… The childhood experiences are still there, but they don’t have a hold on me, my spirit, or my future.
    I forgiven (and asked for forgiveness) from a lot of people over the years. But the act toward my mom’s ex-bf stands as the most powerful and meaningful one for me.

  • Marie-Josée

    Ouch! That was noy an easy one!!
    I wrote a message to my brother, with who Ihad a misunderstanding a couple weeks ago.
    He was happy that I did and explained his point on the little word we had.

  • Deanna

    This morning in my readings, “sometimes the more familiar we are with someone the harder it is to actually see their goodness.”
    I often find myself highlighting faults and weaknesses of those closest to me. It often leads to my own faults and weaknesses. Today, I will make a list of those who are closest to me and find how God is alive in their lives and find gratitude for who they are.

    • John O'Leary

      Deanna my friend – I’m loving that you’re so thoughtful throughout this challenge, and this comment is certainly no exception.
      What’s the best address to send you a copy of IN AWE once it’s released next month? Shoot that address over to brian@johnolearyinspires.com.

  • Jill

    How can you offer forgiveness to someone (or yourself!) to open more space for gratitude in your life? Consider writing a letter (to give or to keep), make a phone call, or schedule a FaceTime call today
    I love gratitude but never thought of it in the way of forgiveness, this is beautiful. I must offer myself forgiveness for not continuing my at home workouts as religious as I’ve been to the gym. I’ve been failing myself and I will tell myself it is okay and I can get the hang of it in the upcoming weeks. I can find motivation each day even if for 20 minutes. I can work as hard if not harder in the times of quarantine. I can be grateful I have the legs that operate normally and body weight exercises will be good for me, not everyone can do that and I need to pull my head out and get it going because I CAN DO THIS! Cheers to the best day! #inawe

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