Tuesday, November 1, 2011
To forgive, or not?
A few days ago, I attended the funeral of a friend who passed away far too soon, just ten days short of her 54th birthday . . . The pastor and a few other people spoke about her, her life, and the qualities that made her such a beautiful person . . .
One of the things mentioned more than once was her forgiving nature . . . She could get angry, but never held a grudge against anyone . . . She forgave everyone . . . Believe me, she'd had some difficulties in life and probably had legitimate reason to hold a grudge or two, but she just refused to do it . . . Her feeling was that holding grudges only imprisons the mind and soul in a negative state, which then has a subtle but definite effect upon other aspects of life . . . We can't be emotionally and spiritually free unless we have the ability to forgive . . .
A note about forgiveness . . . It doesn't mean that we necessarily have to ever speak to a person who has wronged us, or have anything at all to do with them . . . It simply means we stop thinking negatively about them, and let it all go . . . That takes away the power they have over us . . . Sounds simple, huh? But is it, really? Sometimes simple is more difficult than we'd like . . .
Life is beautiful baby!
Peace and love . . .