We are human and so our emotional system is inherently
flawed. We harbor emotions that
set us apart from the divine. The
quest is to impart fairness, understanding, respect, forgiveness, and
love. Not always an easy task when
we oftentimes deal with a sense of injustice, unkind behavior, and the
unexplained ill-received lack of empathy.
I am truly an empathetic person, feeling the emotions of
others to a degree that, at times, can dramatically interfere with my own
well-being. Mostly, this is in
part to my ability to see both sides to every position and circumstance.
I understand points of contention, feel the emotional
affects of others’ experiences, and find myself pulled into different directions. I can “put myself in other people's shoes” and
gain a little insight and clarity in most any given situation.
This can be both a blessing and a curse. So, the story goes, how do I distance
myself from all these emotions?
I have discovered in my life’s circumstances that to forgive
is truly divine, and in spite of the sometimes-difficult journey towards that
goal, forgiveness is quite liberating.
Seeing another's point of view and deeply understanding how
or why a specific situation or circumstance could have occurred, from their
perspective, is the only way to begin the process of forgiveness.
If forgiveness is not achieved, one is still beholding to
the situation, circumstance, and person – with whom there is a point of dispute
or contention. One can never be
free of this emotional toil until reaching the point of true forgiveness and
Also along the path of forgiveness lies a sense of fairness
in all matters directed to others around us, a general respect for other
people’s own sense of belief, values, and choices, and a bravery to own your feelings tempered with non-imposition.
Allow others to be who they are, limit judgment for the
divine, accept different opinions and beliefs, empathize with others – imagine
yourself in their situation, let go of emotional turmoil, impart fairness,
respect everyone, and forgive all who offend or hurt you – in other words,
Life is about love; feeling love in all the different forms
that it takes, giving freely, receiving, and experiencing the happiness that
comes with allowing love to be expressed.
Today, I love God, Life, Myself, My Family, My Friends, My
Puppies, The Glories of Nature, Cute Animals, Beautiful Flowers, The Sweet Smell
of Gardenia, The Sunshine, and The Grandness of Tomorrow.