Forgiveness is divine.

Forgiveness doesn’t make emotional sense to us, much less appeal to our pride, although it might sound great in theory. Our reason and our emotions prefer the logic of justice, an eye for an eye, a hurt for a hurt. Forgiveness seems to fly in the face of that, as if we are letting the person who wronged us off the hook. But forgiveness is a mystical act, not a reasonable one. Forgiveness is a challenge meant to cleanse the windows of your mind, particularly those through which you can see only your need for personal justice. You can’t see anyone else’s pain through these windows, because, like mirrors, they reflect only you: you are the center of the universe, yours is the only pain that counts, and all that is just and fair should be based on what serves your life. The mind may never be able to come to terms with forgiveness; by its very nature the mind is forever concocting strategies for ego repair and enhancement, particularly if you have suffered from a wound that included humiliation. Forgiveness represents a struggle not only between yourself and the person who harmed you, but between yourself and God. It can be an initiation into the level of perception where you begin to comprehend that individual justice, as such, can never really exist in its idyllic form within any society. The capacity to forgive is nothing less than the acceptance of a higher principle of divine justice, rather than earthly justice, as the organizing element behind the events of your life. When understood through the lens of this higher principle, events and relationships take on an impersonal quality. People’s actions are driven by forces that have nothing to do with you, even though you might get harmed when you stand in their way. Or you might harm those who happen to be in your way-even if you care deeply for them. –Caroline Myss, Defy Gravity

Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch. Does your character forgive easily or hold a grudge? What is the long grudge he or she has held? Why? What will it take for your character to forgive this grudge?

Journaling Prompt: Write about a grudge you can’t let go of. What steps can you take today to start forgiving it?

Art Prompt: Forgiveness

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about forgiveness and give them steps to become better at letting go and forgiving.

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