Friday, April 10, 2015

Feeling Forgiven Not Forgotten

Forgive & Forget
A forgiving spirit toward others as well as ourselves is essential for our personal well-being. 

It is often said that we can forgive but not forget. In truth, a forgiving feeling comes into being only after forgetting.

Forgiving Spirit
©Ruth Cox

Worthy of being

Born of

In time

Spirit of future

Another truth of forgive and forget is that we must remember it is the action we felt was taken against us which we need forgive and forget — not the person. This reasoning is clear to me each time I read the poem Night Mail by W. H. Auden.

You can listen to the verse written for the documentary film. (Fast forward to 19:20 or so for "Night Mail" by Auden)

The last line of Auden's verse says it all for me...

For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?


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This week my topic for the 26-Week ABC Challenge begins with the letter "F" — feeling FORGIVING not FORGOTTEN.

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