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Forgiveness: Choosing not to drink the poison

cup-of-hope“Bitterness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” —Blaise Pascal

In Canada, our summer draws to a close and a new season of activities awaits. In other parts of the world, spring approaches with its potentials for newborn projects. No matter what part of the world we live in, this time of year calls us to cleanse ourselves and begin anew.

Are you holding on to bitterness? Are you drinking poison, swirling it in your mouth, and savouring its flavour?

Can you see it as poisonous only to you and not to the other person or other people?

Forgive, pour out the glass of bitter poison and begin again. 

Forgiveness: let go of the hot coal

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else—you are the one who gets burned.”
—Buddha

The end of the year is a good time to cleanse the soul, to get rid of the negative, so the new year begins with plenty of room for positive blessings.

Back away from the hot coals. You’ll feel better, and no one gets hurt.

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