Be Free

Be Free 

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet  sheds on the heal that has crushed it.”

~ Mark Twain

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My father is one of the most forgiving people I know. He rarely ever holds a grudge. I learned from him that holding a grudge is similar to a monkey holding on to fruit and getting its paw stuck in a monkey trap.

You’ve heard the story…. Monkey hunters take a container, anchor it to the ground and drill a hole into it just wide enough for a monkey’s extended paw. A small piece of fruit is placed into the container, and in no time at all a monkey comes along, sees the fruit, reaches in, grabs it, and then gets its paw stuck because it refuses to let go of the fruit.

Holding on to a grudge is just like that.

When we choose resentment over forgiveness we are weighted down with a false security that is really a trap for the Self.

Almost all of us have struggled with forgiveness at one point in our life, but just like taking the journey through a long labyrinth, the path to forgiveness has but one way in and one way out.

Realize that sometimes forgiveness takes time.
It’s a process, yet the sooner you move to center, the sooner you’ll begin to heal.

I know, I know.

Some of you are reading this and thinking, “I don’t want to forgive.”

Why?

Because, you like the resentment in your life.

Admit it.

Resentment is just as tempting as that fruit!

It can feel really, really good, knowing you’ve got a hold of it.

At least at first anyway…

Then, who in the end gets hurt?

Aren’t you the one still stuck in the trap?

Is it really worth punishing your Self over this?

Understand that forgiving is not forgetting.

Offering forgiveness is not accepting or approving of your past.

It’s freeing your Self and learning from the experience.

It’s finally being healed.

So, let go of that grudge and set your Self free.

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet
sheds on the heal that has crushed it.” ~ Mark Twain

I held in my hands two boxes, Which God gave me to hold.
He said, “Put all your sorrows in this black box, …and all your joys in the gold.”
I heeded His words, and in the two boxes, both my joys and sorrows I stored.
But though the gold became heavier each day, the black was as light as before.

With curiosity, I opened the black, because I wanted to find out why…
And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole, through which my sorrows had fallen out.

I showed the hole to God, and asked where my sorrows could be.
He smiled a gentle smile and said, “Why they’re all here with me.”

I asked God, why He gave me the boxes, why the gold …and the black with the hole?

“My child, the gold is for you to be able to count all your blessings; The black is for you to let go.”    (Author Unknown)

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