I took this photo early this morning in a Southern Californian mountain range. After I took the picture, I just stared into the unknown universe that peeked through the cloud cover. I kind of went into a trance, as I thought about life and all sorts of things related to our existence.
One thought that kept bouncing around my head, centered on the concept of forgiveness. I grapple with it on a daily basis.
I’m a sensitive person. But that’s not how I come off to many people. I present myself with a confidence, and aloofness that masks the sensitivity that lurks just below my skin. My sensitivity leads me to much heartache.
I take everything very personally. And things that people do (or don’t do) to me have a deep impact on my sense of well-being. But holding on that anger. That resentment. That hurt. Well…it just serves no purpose.
Over the course of my life, I have asked many times for forgiveness from the people in my life. And, I am sure many of you have as well.
So. If I can ask for – and expect to receive – this forgiveness, then I should certainly do a better job of forgiving those who have wronged me. Or those who I perceive to have wronged me.
Why I take things so personal is something I think about often. But, that’s a topic for another time. For now, it’s time to forgive and forget. It’s going to be 2015 in two days, and it certainly would be a terrific way to start the New Year …
If I could (and we all could) forgive those around us, and move on to more peaceful times.
Happy New Year!!