When it comes down to the power of forgiveness, whether or not we actually forgive someone for an act against us, is less important than whether or not we let it frustrate us; whether we let it poison our own soul. We forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness but because we deserve peace.

One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody, everything, every night before you go to bed. - Bernard M. Baruch

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.

Here's 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 man. 

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 the misunderstanding.”

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 blessed man.

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...

By Tim Pedrosa 

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Forgiveness is the best form of love. It takes a strong person to say they’re sorry and an even stronger person to forgive. Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.