Forgive & Live
Updated: Sep 22
Toward the end of the service, the minister asked, "how many of you have forgiven your enemies?" 80% held up their hands.
The minister than repeated his question. All responded this time, except one small elderly lady.
"Mrs. Jones? Are you not willing to forgive your enemies?" "I don’t have any", she replied, smiling sweetly.
"Mrs. Jones, that is very unusual. How old are you?" "98", she replied. "Oh, Mrs. Jones, would you please come down in front and tell us all how a person can live 98 years and not have an enemy in the world?"
The little sweetheart of a lady trotted down the aisle, faced the congregation, and said: "I outlived the bitches."
--------------------------------------------------- Forgiveness is a process. Many of us are either stuck in the cycle of bitterness or jump to declare forgiveness before we are emotionally ready to do that.
Have you forgiven yourself for past mistakes, for your shortcomings, or lack of ability to be all that you expect yourself to be???
We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be perfect and when we are not (because no one is perfect), we are quick to criticize and hold it against ourselves. We need to disrupt this pattern of being overly critical and accept ourselves. It is hard to accept and forgive others when we are not practicing acceptance with ourselves.
A word of caution - forgiveness and acceptance towards oneself does not mean renouncing personal responsibility.
The secret is striking a balance between compassionate self-acceptance and continuous self-growth.
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