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THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS

Anyway, I met some great people doing thought provoking pieces at FOX 25 but this one segment REALLY stuck with me.

In this piece, the Fox team followed up on several truly tragic, local news stories but instead of the usual cut and dried approach, they took it a step further by following these peoples’ choices to forgive. See if you can watch it without crying.


So Good Enough Mother is finally back home and in bed with a nasty respiratory infection after a whirlwind couple of weeks.

You may have heard the infection as it planted itself firmly in my throat, just in time for my TV appearances this week. Oh joy. Great timing, eh!

Yesterday I wrapped up my travels with a stop at FOX 25 Morning News in Boston, my raspy voice further fuelled by the fatigue of dealing with overnight construction – right outside my hotel room window – all night long. Wow.

Anyway, I met some great people doing thought provoking pieces at FOX 25 but this one segment REALLY stuck with me.

In this piece, the Fox team followed up on several truly tragic, local news stories but instead of the usual cut and dried approach, they took it a step further by following these peoples’ choices to forgive. See if you can watch it without crying.

I got to thinking about my own life. I’m pretty sure there’s no ‘Hater-ade’ poisoning my soul in the form of harbored anger. But you know what? I suppose there are a few people who I may be withholding forgiveness from and instead spend far too much time hoping for their demise. That’s taking up valuable space in my life. And draining my energy.

The part that really hit me between the eyes was when Deepak Chopra quoted Nelson Mandela who said holding on to hate or a sense of injustice is like drinking cyanide and hoping it will kill your enemy. So true isn’t it?

If a gorgeous little girl, paralyzed from the waist down before she can even waltz in the daddy-daughter dance can forgive, what is stopping me? What’s stopping you? Who do you need to forgive in your life… and why? I’d love to hear your stories…

5 Comments

  1. MommaMia

    October 20, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Forgiveness is hard, but I’m a living example that it can be done. My sister was murdered at 19 by a woman with 5 kids and 27 years old whose only excuse was she was high. She didn’t know my sister from a can of paint. I was mad, pissed for many years but in the end it takes so much out of you and it makes it hard to grow, so I prayed and ask God to help subside the anger then help me to forgive and eventually it happened. God Bless the lady who was able to do it instantaneously because it took me years, but I thank God for deliverance and forgiveness. I know I am a much better person today for forgiving her.

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  3. jacki marie

    October 20, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    “Forgiveness is not about letting them off the hook, it’s about letting yourself off the hook” <– I like that.

  4. Rene Syler

    October 20, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    God bless you and thank you for sharing this 🙂

  5. Pam R

    October 21, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Well I thought that I had forgiven my mom at one point in my life because of all the trumoil that she put me through. I realized at a time that I had not truly forgiven her because every time she tried to give me “advice” I would get upset. I had not truly forgiven her. I held on to the pain and anger from age 8 to about 28 years old. Once I had forgiven her, I felt so much better and I was able to see her side of things more clearly.

    Forgiveness I learned is NOT about the other person. It is about you and freeing yourself from all the baggage that can hold you down because you choose to hold on to it. This little girl is truly an example of how us adults should take on forgiveness.

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