The difference between holding on to a hurt or releasing it with forgiveness is
like the difference between laying our head down at night on a pillow filled
with thorns or a pillow filled with rose petals.
something to consider and to ponder upon;
how forgiveness affects our peace and happiness.
There was a great holy scholar who was sitting at the gateway of a town, where
he witnessed a spectacular turn of events.
First he saw a traveler sit down on a pile of rocks at the edge of a mountain
overlooking a cliff. The traveler was so exhausted from his journey that he
immediately fell asleep.
He watched this innocuous/innocent scene for a bit until to his dismay he saw a
deadly snake glide out of the rocks making its way towards to the sleeping
Before he could even react, however, he watched as a giant lizard jumped out
between the rocks and killed the serpent.
The scholar continued watching and saw the traveler stand up, noticed the
beheaded snake lying in front of him, and quickly gathered his possessions to
continue his journey. At that moment, the pile of rocks he was sitting
on collapsed and fell into the ravine below.
As the traveler was about to wander off, he ran after him and recounted
everything he had witnessed. Then he asked the man, “My friend, to what do you
attribute all these miracles that just transpired?”
The traveler feeling the sincerity of the scholar's question confided in him. “Throughout my life I have
tried to never harm anyone, and where I have, I’ve always made amends. Never
have I gone to sleep without forgiving someone for hurting me in anyway.
To anyone who would hurt me, I endeavor, with all my heart, to resolve whatever
animosity there is between us.
I turn hateful situations into doing acts of kindness for the person involved in
When he heard this he burst into tears. This person's actions were greater than
he had ever heard before in his life, as this man forgives anyone and everyone
who has harmed him.
It is no surprise he said, that God performs miracles on a daily basis for this
The path to happiness is forgiveness of
everyone and gratitude for everything.
The traveler was not even
aware of the two miracles that had saved him from danger. It was the power of
forgiveness he had practiced throughout his life that protected him.
And finally, the scholar saw a shoemaker working late into the night by the
light of a flickering candle. When he asked him why he did not stop working and
go to sleep, the shoemaker responded, “As long as the candle is burning, it’s
possible to mend.”
And so it is for us, we can reach out to others with forgiveness in our heart
and soul and see how our flame will glow brighter...
There is an answer to unsolvable situations; there is always one more thing that
we can do, we can forgive! The earlier in life we learn about forgiveness, both
giving and receiving it; and the freedom of spirit it can bring, the better and
happier our life would be.
We cannot have a happy old age without it. When a situation has broken down in
hurt, bitterness, and disagreement and is so deep that there seems no solution on
earth, there remains forgiveness.
When we strive to live with a forgiving heart; when we try hard
to stick to what is good, what is true, what is honest and what is real, we always
prevail at the end.
May your days be filled with
forgiveness, health, hope, love, peace, happiness and acts of kindness...