Forgiveness is not usually a one time event. Its more of a gradual process like waking up. You rub your eyes, and start to see the possibilities of living without the weight of bitterness. Then you hit the snooze button and need constant wake up calls. The incredible liberation you experience when you begin to ... Continue Reading »
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“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi If you’re looking for motivation to add more forgiveness to your life, look no further than the amazing families of Sandy Hook school shooting victims. I am blown away by their grace and courage to respond to horror with humanity. ... Continue Reading »
Regrets? We’ve all had a few. Whether its things you did and wished you didn’t, or things you never did and wished you had, the sting of regret bites hard. Actress Hayden Panettiere had the words “No Regrets” tattooed on her body in Italian. The problem was that she misspelled the word regret. Now she’s ... Continue Reading »
An 85 year old man was sitting on the sofa with his 50 year old son. Suddenly a crow perched on their window. The Father asked his Son, “What is this?” The Son replied “It is a crow”. After a few minutes, the Father asked his Son the 2nd time, “What is this?” The Son ... Continue Reading »
I had a friend who suffered the pain and frustration of ALS, a disease that destroys the body but leaves the mind in tact, which is a double agony because you are WAY too aware of your own deterioration. Seeing the way my friend, Gary, handled this torment was one of the most inspiring sights ... Continue Reading »
One of my favorite escapist action movies is Sword Fish. John Travolta (Gabriel) is the good baddie, the villain on a mission to change the world. Hugh Jackman (Stanley) is the bad goodie, the lovable rogue caught up in Travolta’s schemes. At one point Gabriel saves Stanley’s life but wants to keep him under his ... Continue Reading »
Many people are jaded about relationships because your trust has been betrayed and you have high walls of protection erected around your heart. All of us have limits to our trust, and different degrees of trust with different people. In our closest relationships we have an awesome opportunity to experience the deepest trust, possibly the ... Continue Reading »
Every act of love sheds light on the world. Loving friends lights up a room. Loving strangers lights up a city. Forgiving those who’ve hurt you lights up the skyline with colors that reflect healing love all over the world. Love most where it is most needed, beginning within, where the source of love and ... Continue Reading »
Memories are a way of checking in with the script playing in your life. Be inspired by happy memories and work at healing difficult memories. Focus on gratitude to harness positive memories and build courage to face traumatic memories. Oscar Wilde said, “Memory is the diary we all carry about with us.” Short term memory ... Continue Reading »
Carol Luebering, an author who wrote a lot about death and dying, said, Forgiveness is not something you do for someone else. It is something you do for yourself. An unforgiven injury binds you to a time and place someone else has chosen; it holds you trapped in a past moment and in old feelings. ... Continue Reading »
I. Screw. Up. (In case there are still a handful of you out there who hadn’t realized) Ahh, that feels better. And I don’t mean just sometimes. No, daily, and most probably hourly if I am to be honest. This motherhood gig is a lot harder than I thought it would be. The wide-eyed optimism ... Continue Reading »
Forgiveness is a lifelong challenge with few easy answers. We all have our enemies and unresolved tensions. A church pastor once asked his congregation if anyone had forgiven all their enemies. One lone hand shot up, an elderly lady. “Mrs. Neely, that is very unusual. How old are you?” “Ninety-eight,” she replied. The congregation stood ... Continue Reading »