Friday, 23 May 2014

Word of the Week

I'm glad to be back here again.
Following last week's post about resilience, this week has been one very much of reflection.

I had the news I had hoped for, but as always it wasn't clean cut.
As with so much in life so many can be affected, directly, or the ripple effect.

This week I've thought a lot about one word.
And I've thought about the impact of unintended consequences.

And so I've come to think about forgiveness.
And how important it is in all of our lives.

That you have to always remember a person's strengths.
As you shout at them for not appearing to understand how stressed you are.
That you may need forgiveness.
Because as a rule you try to do the right think.
From time to time everyone fails.

And then, what about, when you do offer forgiveness,
For something which questions every ounce of your moral being.
But you understand forgiveness to be the right thing.
The only thing to ensure that someone does not fall deeper.
Only years later to watch as forgiveness is not offered in return.
Not to you.
But in a 'pay it forward' kind of way.
And unintended consequences may result.

And so many become affected, directly, through the ripple.
Health- mental and physical affected.
Wellbeing- the ability to see the truth, the ability to remember who you are.

This week has been tough.
Midweek I imagined my word would have been 'bittersweet'.
But now, now possible consequences and outcomes are understood.

And on the basis I cannot imagine why anyone would seek these consequences, or the outcome.

I have to at least have faith in my belief.


The Reading Residence

9 comments:

  1. Sounds like you've had a hard week, with lots of soul-searching and contemplation. Forgiveness can be key, as without it, anger and resentment can fester and eat away at us. I hope it helps you in the long run. Thanks for sharing with #WotW

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  2. I love this post! Resonated with me for so many reasons. Totally agree with Jocelyn above - don't let it fester, forgive, and if you are not forgiven it is not your issue, it is the other parties. Learn, love, and move on to live. All the best

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  3. I felt something heavy while reading your post. I started reading this halfway I stopped and just let the window open. I am in a place where its also dark and heavy. But I reckon I have to finish what I have started, reading. Its so nice that you end your post with a positive word. Such a strong person to be able to give this, forgiveness. #wotw

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  4. A powerful one, without even knowing your news I can relate to this x

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  5. Such a powerful, personal post. Thanks for sharing. xx

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  6. This post really made me think. I have a few family members who I don't speak to as a result of how they have treated me and made me feel low about myself and as much as I can forgive them for what they have done, I can't let them back in my life as I feel better than I have in years. So I guess I'm not so good at the whole forgiveness thing. It's definitely a difficult stage in life having to give or ask for forgiveness x

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  7. Forgiveness is a very powerful word, to forgive allows us to move on, be the bigger person etc. to gain forgiveness can sometimes make us feel so much better, lifting a weight off our shoulders. I hope that with this forgiveness you are able to close that chapter and start writing new ones.

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  8. Forgiveness is a word that I have had to learn now that I have children and am in my late 30s. It is so easy to hold on to past grievances and I have had to let go of a lot of things.

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  9. Forgiveness is powerful. I have learned that being able to forgive allows me to move on. I am coming to a period whereby I will have to seek forgiveness from others and have learned that it may not be granted but that is no fault of my own. Being open to to forgiveness, both receiving and giving it, is all one can do. So long as one is willing, they have done their part.

    I don't think to forgive necessarily means you have to let someone back in your life, more that it is helpful in enabling you to move forward.

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