I’m a fan of browsing bookstores, the old-fashioned brick and mortar kind. While browsing, I’m often inspired by something that brings forth a story, memory or something that resonates with me. Thus the word forgiveness and all that it means and entails.
In a book called “The World According to Mister Rogers,” there was a quote that stood out to me.
In the world we live in, the act of forgiveness appears to be in very short supply. Why is that? Is it because we have a great need to hold on to a hurt, slight, or a real or perceived injustice? Is the act of holding on to these things a great help or do they hold us back? Is the need to be right so important that we can’t see a way to forgive? When I think of myself, I find I haven’t taken the time to look at some of my perceived hurts much less to offer forgiveness. I realize that my lack of forgiveness has become a habit, a bad one. When I look at what I’ve been holding on to, the old hurts or slights seem too insignificant compared to the harm that it has done me and the ones I’ve not forgiven. In this, I feel strongly I am not alone.
What a safer, happier and a healthier world we would live in if we could all find the time to communicate our feelings and offer forgiveness, wherever possible. How freeing and uplifting that would be.
To do my part, as I go about the days ahead, I will strive to do my best to take a serious look at all that I’ve held on. Things that have not been good for me. I will look for ways to offer forgiveness and then let these things go. It is my small part to improve the world in which we live. If you can find a way, what I ask is you might want to do the same.
What are your thoughts about forgiveness? I would so enjoy hearing your thoughts.
Life’s journey continues…