The Power of Forgiveness

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“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.” –Martin Luther King

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In these disturbing and turbulent times I feel this post on forgiveness is extremely timely.

I am endeavoring to address the fears and challenges that many are feeling as they attempt to stay true to their values of peace, harmony, love  and compassion.

Included in this post are two extraordinary stories of forgiveness that are relevant to our times and the questions that many of us may be asking.

The insights these stories offer on forgiveness are so powerful, that if you prefer to read them now, you can find them in the middle of this post.

As you read them, I invite you to ask yourself, “What would I do if I was in the position of any one of these persons in these scenarios?” Continue reading The Power of Forgiveness

The Power of Optimism

 

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 Guest Post – Linda Shoji

Does it seem that some people are just happier than others, while some are more skeptical or more glum than the norm?

Though I always considered myself an upbeat, seeing-the-glass-half-full-type of person, many years ago, my psychotherapist recommended I develop ways to reinforce my personal strengths and to quiet the critical voices which over time had become my own; voices which enabled me to get outstanding grades andthree-out-of-four-voices-in-my-head-funny-quotes win gymnastics championships as a youth but left me an emotionally dependent Type-A perfectionist, in constant need of approval by others to feel good about myself.

In dealing with such issues, I recall being frustrated with my father when he expressed that he wanted me to just be happy. “Just don’t worry about it,” he would say, and this suggestion left me with a great sense of something lacking. My problem was Continue reading The Power of Optimism