Thursday, January 19, 2006

Forgiveness and Stress

Last Christmas, I heard someone say, “I still can’t forgive him for what he did to her. He is the reason she died of lung cancer. If he didn’t smoke in the house, she would still be here with us.”

I wanted to jump in and tell the unforgiving person about the Forgiveness course I had taken when I was preparing my youngest son for his First Reconciliation just the previous few weeks. But I thought, who am I to preach about forgiveness? I myself had been having a hard time forgiving somebody who repeatedly hurts me (emotionally). Besides, this unforgiving person is more pious than me and I was not in the mood for one of his religious debates.

There is a saying that goes, “To err is human, to forgive divine.” It’s easier said than done. Forgiving can be a very hard thing to do.

I know, and you all probably do, that forgiving is good not just for the soul, but also for the body.

Read the rest of this entry at "It's Your Turn: Health" at PINOYatbp.


Abaniko said...

I agree. Forgiveness is key to living a full life. Without it, one can never be truly happy.

earthember said...

Yup, it's easy to ask someone else to forgive, but when it comes to doing the forgiving ourselves, it gets very difficult.

bing said...

easier said than done, i agree. but God has a way always so that we can learn to forgive.

i have hatred that i harbor inside, too. it is not easy to forgive him but i pray, i always do, that i would soon learn to forgive him, and that he will change.

Sidney said...

I can easily FORGIVE but I never FORGET !

Hsin said...

Everyone's said it - it is easier said than done. I bear grudges like an elephant. The worst thing is, I know sometimes it's come to the point of being entirely ridiculous that I should still hold a grudge against someone when I don't even remember why we had a fall out in the first place. But pride is a difficult thing to overcome.