The courage to let go of our instinctive need to protect ourselves from getting hurt again (even though forgiveness does not require us to always remain in the same relation to the forgiven).
The courage to risk looking weak or stupid to others. (Or worse, to yourself, late at night when we toss and turn and the pillow is hot against your cheek and the old habit of hating and doubting yourself begins to creep in.)
The courage to believe that there is something worth forgiving in even the worst of us.
The courage to take the philosophy of compassion and not just speak it but live it.
And the courage to let go of the old, negative, victim-based identity and embrace a new, strong, drama-free (or at least drama reduced!) serene one.
That's a lot of courage.
But you can do it.
Because you deserve that better life,
that healthier mind,
that happier spirit.