10 Ramadan 2013: Forgiveness

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway. – Mother Teresa


Welcome to the third of forgiveness, forgiveness we all seek from god almighty as we are all imperfect and no matter how hard we try, we may wrong someone here or there, be rude or get angry at someone here or there, be impatient, feel slight arrogance at accomplishment … we all need forgiveness.

In this post, as we reflected on Mother Teresa’s thought above, we found that one word comes to mind – STRENGTH. To forgive, be kind, be honest, be happy, do good, give our best ANYWAY is strength and anything other than that is weakness.

If we are seeking forgiveness during this special time of the month, it would make sense to ask for it not only from god, but also, from others either by asking for forgiveness up front or by making a beautiful supplication for them that counterbalances root ‘negative’ feelings within us that had originally triggered our reaction while they are blessed, and from god’s generosity, we are also blessed with what we have supplicated for.

It is a given of course and in our hope, that we have the strength to make a conscious decision to forgive others in order to be forgiven.

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