Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom. Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation. 'I can forgive but I cannot forget', is only one way of saying, "I will not forgive." Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note, torn into two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one. The weak can never forgive -- forgiveness is the attribute of the strong...
SubhanAllah it's so simple, yet so beautiful. I just sat in silence for a minute. I sat in silence because I was smacking myself inside for thinking how could I have forgotten this hadith because I knew I had read and heard it countless time. Day in and day out I am so sure the sins I have accumulated is beyond imaginable. And here it is, our Lord, Al-Ghaffaar (The Ever Forgiving) has made it oh-so-easy for us to eliminate our sins.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “(There are) two words which are dear to the Beneficent (Allāh) and very light (easy) for the tongue (to say), but very heavy in weight in the balance. They are: 'Subhan Allāh wa-bi hamdihi' (All Glory is to Allah and all Praise to Him) and 'Subhan Allāh Al-'Azim (Glorified is Allah, the Great).” (Bukhāri)
All we have to do is remember him in our day. Remember that Allah has mad love for all of us as His mercy and forgiveness is close at hand. May Allah keep this hadith close to my heart and yours. :)