I’ve gone through a lot of roadblocks, potholes, mountains and heartbreak in my life. Sometimes I wonder if challenges are really meant to make us stronger or just tear us down to a point where we concede that life is a game we cannot win! One up, two down and on and on it goes until there’s nothing left. Well, when the going gets tough— that the tough get going. Right?
1. Life is not always a bed of roses but when it becomes utterly tough and you feel you can’t go on have some lemonade, enjoy the sunshine and remember to always be thankful.
2. Even when things are not abundantly clear, trust the journey.
3. There is no crime reinventing your goals, the greatest crime is giving up when you have a dream in your heart.
When we forgive all and still suffer we may not believe that forgiveness produces emancipation, but the fact is that suffering is impossible when forgiveness is absolute. When we forgive completely we shall also eliminate completely every trouble or ill that may exist in our world. When you have trouble forgive those who have caused the trouble; forgive yourself for permitting yourself to be troubled, and your troubles will pass away. When you have made a mistake do not condemn yourself or feel upset; simply forgive yourself, and resolve that you will never make the mistake again. As you make that resolution, desire more wisdom, and have the faith that you will secure the wisdom you require. “According to your faith so shall it be.” There are many who will think that the practice of forgiving everybody for everything will produce mental indifference and thus weaken character, but it is the very opposite that will take place. To forgive is to eliminate the useless, everything that is not good; and to free the mind from obstacles and adverse conditions is to enable that mind to be its best, to express itself fully and completely. This will not only strengthen the character and enlarge the mind but will cause the greatness of the soul to come forth. There is many a character that appears to be strong on account of its open hostility to wrongs, but such a character is not always strong. Too often it is composed of a few borrowed ideas about morality backed up by mere animal force.” ~Christian D Larson
This is my contribution to Debbie’s Forgiving Friday series, where she writes about and invite others to share their thoughts on Forgiveness, Self-Love and Personal Growth. Debbie, thank you and I am so grateful the opportunity to contribute to your blog.
Sometimes we leave out past behind and mentally tell ourselves that all is forgiven, when deep down inside it really isn’t, so we leave ourselves open to be scathe over and over by that unforgiven thing. Years ago I worked for a family owned and operated company, it was not a job I saw myself retiring from but it gave me the opportunity to stay active on the career front. Within a year I was promoted to manager, no big excitement there as it only meant added responsibilities but not much in way of compensation. Long story short I become disillusioned with the company’s approach to the equality of their employees. There was no regards or remorse for the safety of the people working for them and after an incident where I was literally forced into firing an employee, I tendered my resignation on the stance that I would not only remain until they found my replacement but also train my that person.
“Insist on peace of mind, health and happiness; these things are God’s will for you. If an old problem continues to stick, pray for inspiration and intelligence. If everything seems to be sticking, stop struggling and thank God constantly for setting you free. Use this treatment exclusively for a week or so. If you feel depressed or discouraged, work to realize Life and Joy, and give thanks for these things. If nervous and frightened, throw the responsibility on God, and tell Him that you know you are safe in His hands. If someone is being troublesome, see only the Presence of God where the troublesome person seems to be. If you want to make faster progress, claim understanding and affirm that Divine Love is working through you.
We have spent many a weary day simply because we persisted in remembering something that was unpleasant. Forget the wrong and it will disturb you no more. Forgive others for what they have done and you will have no unpleasant memories to cloud the sky of your mental world. When people speak unkindly of you, never mind. Let them say what they, like, if they must. Nothing can harm you but your o wrong thinking and living. If people do not treat you right remember they would act differently if they knew better, and you know better than to become offended. So therefore forgive it all and resolve to be happy. Forgive everybody for what is not right and forget everything that is not conducive to the right.
~Christain D. Larson