Have You Ever?

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“If you want to see the brave,
look at those who can forgive.

If you want to see the heroic,
look at those who can love
in return for hatred."

— Bhagavad Gita

“Forgiveness
is not an occasional act,
it is a constant attitude."

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Have you ever loved someone who has wronged you? Have you ever not only let it go and forgave them but also had compassion on them and loved them and all of a sudden cared for them as human beings as if they were separated from their actions? Have you ever done that even if they have not stopped their wrongdoing?

The thing that we somehow forget is that we need to own our own feelings and realize that they are our feelings and that we created the feeling inside us. The outside stimulus was only a trigger that we allow or disallow to affect how we feel about others and more importantly, about ourselves.

So, in not forgiving, in holding on, in continually thinking about being a victim of other’s acts or words, we are the ones carrying the burden. And, make no mistake, it is a burden. Forgiveness may be likened to closing the door on the subject, but to truly love is more like opening the door to a warm Spring breeze and healing sunshine. For to truly forgive, is in fact, love itself.

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