One of 2011 best books! If you have ever struggled with having to forgive the unforgivable then i highly recommend this classic work by Jason Zephaniah III
Forest of Forgiveness by Jason Zephaniah III is an allegoric exposition on the topic of forgiveness. As you follow Jaaziel, the main character of the parable you will encounter some interesting travelers and elucidating conversations. You may even find that Jaaziel asks some of the same questions you may have had, if you ever faced the challenge of forgiving someone who betrayed or hurt you deeply. For example, Jaaziel meets a gray haired old man who shares deep illuminating precepts in a conversational, yet sagacious manner. Then he mysteriously disappears into the night! Or eavesdrop on the conversation Jaaziel has with the great Egyptian physician as he sits and talks with the obviously wealthy and well-educated healer. Then there is the old woman that meets him as he draws nearer to his journey’s end. To many readers she may seem vaguely familiar and they may even identify with her story! The climax of this journey is absolutely dramatic. It ends in a place where we all should journey to; a place he calls the epicenter of forgiveness. What our traveler encounters there is bone chilling and spine tingling yet it represents the quintessential truth about forgiveness!
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Forgiveness is for giving. The best gift you can give to yourself is to forgive someone who has wronged you
A more noble path I've found. To get the best from others it's best to speak to and of their best than to spread abroad their worst. It's best to treat them as if they are at their best thus giving them something to live up to, rather than reminding them of their worst which only gives them something to live down. The worst feeling one can have is when righteous folks (in their own eyes!) Won't let you forget your past. The most refreshing feeling one can have is when we treat those who have fallen and by Divine Aid have risen up again, when we treat them as if they never fell. Truth is, isn't that what God did for you?
Ever heard someone say about a person who may have done them wrong "They have to apologize first". Usually they are saying this as a condition of forgiving the other party. My question to hem is "how would you relate to that person after they apologized" Generally, they have never even thought about how their relationship wth the other person would change. This simply suggests that the condition they are laying down is porbably not going to make any difference in how they relate to the other person. Setting conditions for treating some one with kindness, love and respect is not how we ought to live. If you are ever tempted to do this, here is a suggestion. Think about how you would treat that person if they "apologized first" then treat them that way right now before they have even apologized.
Forgiven people forgive people
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Outcomes are a human construct. I believe this! The concept of an outcome doesn't compute with the God or with the Universe. Humanity constructed the concept of outcomes / results to punctuate our existence. It gives us an end to work towards or maybe a respite for a torturous experience. But everything in the Universe is part of an unending process of infinity. Even the most terminal outcome of human existence, what we call death, is really not an end. Our bodies decay in the earth and adds to the nutrients that gives life to the grass of the field. OUr breath returns to Source and continues in purpose if not in form. Our lives leave memories and legacies, good or bad, that links past to present to future in a never ending process. Nothing ever really ends, it just morphes into new purpose or form. Im just thinking out loud.