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I had wanted to post something cheerful today, seeing as I've been sick for a month now and need to cheer myself up, especially since George is showing signs of the same sickness. But then three things happened this morning that I couldn't ignore, things that came together in my head so perfectly I had--just had-- to pass them on.
If they speak to you, please let me know. I always wonder if these things are coincidences or divine prompting. I'm not eaten by anger and grief myself at this time, but I know what it feels like. Oh, yes, I do.
First, an email from my aunt. She's contemplating the subject of forgiveness and quoted the following lyrics from Don Henley's "The Heart of the Matter":
"I've been trying to get down to the heart of the matter
Because the flesh
will get weak
And the ashes will scatter
So I'm thinkin' about
Second, a StoryCorps piece by Charlie Morris I heard on NPR's Morning Edition. Please listen to Charlie tell the story. His voice is amazing, and his story is powerful. If Charlie can forgive, can't we all?
Third, the following picture posted by Active Happiness on Facebook this morning:
See what I mean? Three things so closely linked and yet so disparate as 21st century song lyrics, a 20th century hate crime, and an ancient Roman writer dovetailed perfectly on a drippy Friday morning.
I had to share because the coincidence has to mean something to someone. Grief and anger can be normal and healthy, unavoidable parts of life. But when we hold onto them, nurse them, feed them, refuse to forgive and let go, the only people we hurt are ourselves.
The only people we hurt are ourselves.
Do any of these words about forgiveness and grief and anger dovetail with your life? Is there someone you need to forgive? A brother or sister? A parent? A friend? An enemy? A neighbor? God? Is there someone who needs to forgive you?