CHARLES L. GRISWOLD: Forgiveness

On Forgiveness

By CHARLES L. GRISWOLD

We are in a season traditionally devoted to good will among people and to the renewal of hope in the face of hard times.  As we seek to realize these lofty ideals, one of our greatest challenges is overcoming bitterness and divisiveness.  We all struggle with the wrongs others have done to us as well as those we have done to others, and we recoil at the vast extent of injury humankind seems determined to inflict on itself.  How to keep hope alive?  Without a constructive answer to toxic anger, addictive cycles of revenge, and immobilizing guilt, we seem doomed to despair about chances for renewal.  One answer to this despair lies in forgiveness.

What is forgiveness? When is it appropriate? Why is it considered to be commendable?  Some claim that forgiveness is merely about ridding oneself of vengeful anger; do that, and you have forgiven.  But if you were able to banish anger from your soul simply by taking a pill, would the result really be forgiveness?  The timing of forgiveness is also disputed. Some say that it should wait for the offender to take responsibility and suffer due punishment, others hold that the victim must first overcome anger altogether, and still others that forgiveness should be unilaterally bestowed at the earliest possible moment.  But what if you have every good reason to be angry and even to take your sweet revenge as well?  Is forgiveness then really to be commended? Some object that it lets the offender off the hook, confesses to one’s own weakness and vulnerability, and papers over the legitimate demands of vengeful anger.  And yet, legions praise forgiveness and think of it as an indispensable virtue.  Recall the title of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s book on the subject: “No Future Without Forgiveness.”

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Peter Winbrow: Guy in the glass

Glass Mystery 4

Glass Mystery 4 (Photo credit: cobalt123)

 

When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,

And the world makes you “King For A Day”,”

Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,

And see what that guy has to say.

 

For it isn’t your Father or Mother or Wife

Who judgment upon you must pass,

The feller whose verdict counts most in your life

Is the guy staring back from the glass.

 

He’s the feller to please, never mind the rest,

For he’s with you clear up to the end;

And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test

If the guy in the glass is your friend.

 

You may like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,

And think you’re a wonderful guy,

But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum

If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

 

You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,

And get pats on the back as you pass,

But your final reward will be heartache and tears,

If you’ve cheated the guy in the glass.

– Peter “Dale” Winbrow, Sr.

 

 

 

 

Marty Liquori: Satisfaction

Guitar riff from "(I Can't Get No) Satisf...

Guitar riff from “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Film poster for Satisfaction (film) - Copyrigh...

Film poster for Satisfaction (film) – Copyright 1988, 20th Century Fox (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“There is no satisfaction without a struggle first.” ~Marty Liquori, quoted in “Runners”.

Satisfaction (Eve song)

Satisfaction (Eve song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)