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This farmer had only one horse, and one day the horse ran away. The neighbors came to condole over his terrible loss. The farmer said, "What makes you think it is so terrible?"
A month later, the horse came home--this time bringing with her two beautiful wild horses. The neighbors became excited at the farmer's good fortune. Such lovely strong horses! The farmer said, "What makes you think this is good fortune?"
The farmer's son was thrown from one of the wild horses and broke his leg. All the neighbors were very distressed. Such bad luck! The farmer said, "What makes you think it is bad?"
A war came, and every able-bodied man was conscripted and sent into battle. Only the farmer's son, because he had a broken leg, remained. The neighbors congratulated the farmer. "What makes you think this is good?" said the farmer.
Originally posted by AQuestion
reply to post by supine
I understand this in the rant section so this is not a criticism, merely a response. Having almost died a few times, I know how I want to go out and it is not with baggage. Whoever hurt me is forgiven because I wish to go out without harboring hate or anger. They are forgiven, not because what they did was right; but, because I choose to be free of hate. Stumble, sure I get angry; but, actually promote anger or hate, nope, I don't have the time nor inclination to do so. Peace.
Originally posted by IrishCream
forgiveness is not and should not be a "given"!!
Originally posted by tetra50
reply to post by IrishCream
Having said what I have tried to do, I agree with you that some things are unforgivable. Still, in order to deal with my own pain, (for me, at least), it had nothing to do with making sense of something so egregious. But I had to forgive to let go of the hatred that threatened to overwhelm me if I didn't. Totally personal, but just wanted to add that as I do definitely agree that there are some things which are unforgivable even as I say the above.
Originally posted by absolutely
reply to post by tetra50
so.. so u r not forgiving them really then, the point of discussion is forgiveness and not ur pretense to love who hate themselves as if u r a superior one existent right conscious able to put others on good track
Originally posted by ottobot
I'm not sure why you're so defensive about the subject.
Have you ever heard the term "lead by example"?
This means you show people how you would want them to act toward you.
If you want to be forgiven, forgive others. Very simple. Nothing to do with superiority.