Ideas on Forgiveness
After all of the tragedies that transpired in the U.S. recently, I felt that this would be a great topic to discuss. The idea of forgiveness, which is very subjective as is all aspects of life.
What happened on Chambers street is horrific. It’s an act that no one would condone. The question people will be asking is- Why did this happen? What was the reason? Where did this come from? Why?
It’s a very sensitive topic. To be honest, I never understood why people had to die or be injured to get an idea or point across. There are other ways to get your vision across in a more effective way. Why kill? Why hurt? Why violence? Why?
I am confused. But I know trying to rationalize an irrational situation can drive people insane. It will lead to that issue replaying over and over again. More importantly, it doesn’t change anything. Knowing why something happened doesn’t change the fact that it did happen.
The way to move passed this is to accept that it happened. By no means are we agreeing with the tragic events. We are simply agreeing that this happened. The next thing we should do is come from the perspective of the individual that harmed. What were the circumstances in his or her life that would create such a tragic event? What did he or she love so much that they had to harm others to protect it? What happened in this person’s life that lead them to create chaos in this universe? Framing the question this way will allow us to understand and accept.
Once we do that, the hardest part is to forgive. These events that happened are horrific and my heart and prayers will go out to the individuals affected. It’s something no one would wish on anyone. Holding on to this pain only leads to more pain, more suffering, and anger. This could lead us down the path that the terrorist was lead down. Don’t allow these circumstances to dictate who you become. We have to let it go. To do so, it requires a lot of courage, faith, and doing our part in the idea of forgiving. By doing so, you are in-fact releasing that energetic hold it has on you. It allows you to get back to creating from a place of love and positivity in the world.
We can never condone these acts of violence. We cannot allow these circumstances to determine who we are as people and what the next 40 years of our lives look like. I believe we all have this ability to forgive. It’s simply your decision. Choose to be free rather than to be held down by this event.