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Daily Lift #71

To Forgive Is To Give

Sometimes the greatest kindness you can do for someone is to forgive.

Some people will ask you directly for forgiveness. Others lack the awareness, courage or humility to ask your forgiveness.

Forgive even if you aren't asked to do so. This can be extremely difficult. And that is why it's so elevating.

(From Rabbi Pliskin's book Kindness)

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Visitor Comments: 1

(1) mysteries, August 4, 2009 6:29 PM

control

By forgiving whether one is asked to forgive or not, one is in control. One has the choice to forgive or not to. Whether one forgives or not, the other (forgiven elect) in real terms will not know but strangely there can be a change in perceptions and circumstances when approached by the forgiver again. Maybe this is just a shift in feelings by the forgiver expecting something to happen that influences their judgement on a given situation. To keep on tolerating and to remind the forgiven that they have privately forgiven them but openly not paid too much attention calms the situation down depending on how much pent up energy the forgiven elect have. Too much energy makes forgiveness philosophical rather than pragmatic. Forgiving openly can lead to a flagrant disregard to the process and a mockery of religious principles; it is best to get on with things and keep private meditations to oneself.

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