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Let the Past Be Past
By Steve Goodier

Is it difficult for you to forgive? To let the past be past?

It is for me. Nearly impossible sometimes. Iím a little like the elderly Virginian woman who lived to see her beloved Richmond occupied by Union troops after the American Civil War. The matron was walking down a Richmond street when she tripped over a step and fell. A Union soldier courteously helped her up.

"How very kind of you, young man," she said acidly. "If there is a cool spot in hell, I hope you get it."

Maybe it was still a bit early for her to let go of those deep-seated resentments. But angry and bitter lives are never happy lives.

A beautiful legend tells of an African tribe that ritualizes forgiveness. When a tribe member acts irresponsibly or unjustly, he/she is taken to the center of the village. All work ceases and every man, woman and child in the village gathers in a large circle around the accused. Then the tribe bombards the rejected person with affirmations! One at a time, friends and family enumerate all the good the individual has done. Every incident, every experience that can be recalled with some detail and accuracy is recounted. All their positive attributes, strengths and kindnesses are recited carefully and at length. Finally, the tribal circle is broken, a joyous celebration takes place, and the outcast is welcomed back into the tribe.

What a beautiful ritual of restoration! They replace hurt with happiness; pain with peace. Once again they are family. The rejected one is restored and the village is made whole.

Paul Boese has said, "Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future." As brothers and sisters in our global village, is letting go of those resentments really an option?

See Also:

Dwelling in the Land of Tranquility
We can live in an environment of turmoil or tranquility, despite what is going on around us. This is a choice we make, often subconsciously.

Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude
Gratitude keeps us centered and wards off jealousy and negativity. Learn about five little things we can do each day to nourish a sense of gratitude - in ourselves and in others.

Betrayal
What do you do when you have been betrayed? How do you best respond? Our pride often gets in the way of a positive approach. This article describes the problem of betrayal and a way of breaking the cycle of negativity.

Law of Successful Living
When we give from our hearts, when we give in a spirit of love and compassion, we receive even more than we gave. It's a basic law of successful living. Powerful enough to change a life.

Steve Goodier is a professional speaker, consultant and author of numerous books. Visit his site for more information, or to sign up for his FREE newsletter of Life, Love and Laughter at http://LifeSupportSystem.com

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