If you begin to practice forgiveness, it has the power of the drip of water that wears away the lake
- Lesley Garner
Now, this is never an easy area to get to, it is never easy to forget someone who wronged you or pissed you off beyond redemption. But there is a question that arises as we talk about forgiveness, gratitude and people.
1) Who is it for? – For the person who wronged you?
2) Yourself cos just the thought alone is making you uncomfortable and irritated.
And sometimes just both of these are in tandem with each other that sometimes they push the most important aspect away – A holistic life.PHence that is why Lesley Garner says –
” If you begin to practice forgiveness, it has the power of the drip of water that wears away the stone”
Practice Forgiveness – The Beauty in it!
When someone wrongs us or makes a mistake, especially when it is about something important to us or something which have a lot of meaning associated for us, it never is easy to simply forget it and leave it behind to move on. The more we think about it, the more we feel like hanging the culprit and maybe punish him even further before the final verdict which is a curse for eternal damnation. Gee! We sure have a wrong streak if we want to have. And sometimes this happens naturally and involuntarily without even our conscious knowledge and we come to know of it much later, after a long period of time.
However, there is something elementary that forgiveness also demands. It is not very difficult for us to say “It is alright” and then later carry a grudge which will only blow up right on our face with time. A further mature solution might be to immediately step out of the situation when we could and see what happens, what might be going on in their words and a sense of curiosity for the action. Of course it sounds much easier said than done. But wouldn’t that be a mighty great solution, to gain that kind of detachment and balance to a situation and take control over the emotions? I know how ridiculous I sound as I make this statement – Gee! It sure sounds like a mighty impossible task. But, what if..
Practice Forgiveness – What If!
Theoretically speaking, what if we are able to get there? I am not recommending us to renounce the worldly pleasures to take up priesthood, but I am reflecting on that strength to say ‘It’s ok’ when things hurt us, I am reflecting on that strength to regroup ourselves and letting others off the hook and that simple understanding that we do all this not because it is a moral thing to do or it is a sign of greatness but a simple knowledge that it hurts us more to carry a grudge or be angry or feel bad about some occurrences. It is not a sign of maturity, it is a sign of understanding that sometimes we ought to neglect a few things and not let them bother us. It is up to us to rise up to that level and say that it takes a little more than that to rattle me and make me feel uncomfortable.
And that is forgiveness if you ask us.
It is that simple knowledge which makes our life much simpler and also to the people around us. For there is a lot more to enjoy in life than worry or squabble over minute pains. Cos the BIG things really really matter :).
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