I have had several significant times in my life when I was angry at a person. I was angry and how they had wronged me. I was angry at how little they cared for others and how self-centered they had been. I was angry that they could be such a jerk. I remember, in one particular case, holding on to that anger for over a year. It was eating me up from the inside out. It controlled where I went and what I talked about. It was destroying any chance I might have had at peace. Until finally, one day, I didn't want to give up control of my life to that person anymore. I remember consciously, willfully, forgiving that person. I immediately felt better. It was like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. I was free to be me again. I was free to share my light with the world.
The darkness that we experience is often of our own making. We cannot experience salvation when we are holding on to accusation. When we feel that we must be mad at others and must hold onto anger and resentment, it is a reflection of our ego's attack on us. We are literally attacking ourselves by not forgiving others. We are tearing away at our own soul in order to try to hurt someone else. It makes no sense. I heard one professor in college describe anger and unforgiveness as carrying around acid in our bare hands, waiting for it to burn someone else. Every angry attack on another person is an angry attack on our own weaknesses. Remember that you know your weaknesses better than anyone else. You know your vulnerabilities. When you do not forgive, you exploit all that is weak within yourself. There is only one pathway to peace... Forgiveness.
We can only share our gifts fully with the world when we have forgiven. We must forgive others and we must forgive ourselves. Darkness cannot exist in the midst of light. It cannot exist when you forgive. Remember that you want to be happy. You want to find peace. Forgiveness allows you to find peace and happiness now. It allows you to experience heaven now and escape from the hell of hate.
My hope for you is that you have peace today and that you are able to fulfill your function as the light of the world.
Work like you're playing a game.
Forgive like you were never hurt.
Share like you'll never run out.
Share joy like there's no tomorrow.
And shine like you'll never burn out!
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Fellow Light Of The World
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.