Wednesday, May 16, 2012


I've spent a lot of time thinking about the exchange with my brother on Saturday.  I've also spent a lot of time thinking about this quote from the Buddha:

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

and this quote by Mark Twain:  

"Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it."

How can I stay angry at my brother?  His actions and speech are caused by anger and hurt.  They are not his true nature.  How can I stay angry at myself?  My response was caused by anger and hurt.  It is not my true nature.  With breath, I have washed the slate clean, recommitting to step forward with a peaceful, loving, compassionate heart.  I inhale deeply the fragrance of the crushed violet as I drop the hot coal that has been burning my hand.  Forgiveness is indeed a gift of the heart.

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