A Place of Forgiveness and Peace

“I let it go. It’s like swimming against the current. It exhausts you. After a while, whoever you are, you just have to let go, and the river brings you home.”  Five Quarters of the Orange – Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris is one of my favourite authors. If you haven’t read anything she’s written you must quickly go to your bookstore or library and do so. She often writes little gems of prose that seem to hit home and have the reader say, “ I know exactly what she is talking about.”

Sometimes it is truly difficult to let go. We can be deeply hurt by someone we trust, or profoundly disappointed by not achieving something in which we’ve focused a tonne of time and energy. And we stew and it fester and hang on to the resentment or the disappointment as tight as we possibly can

because

it’s easier to play the victim then it is to play the hero.

We try to control the outcome even though the outcome has already been determined. We are mistakenly convinced that we change the inevitable thinking we are brave and stubborn when in fact

we look really silly doing so.

Humility is an emotion we avoid because that would mean admitting we are not in control…. and that some other force is.

We denigrate the person who hurt us or find scapegoats for our failure. And all the while we fester inside and get tired, really, really tired because

bitterness it hard work.

But all it takes is the unclenching of your fists, the deep fill of breath into lungs and the releasing of resentment

and allow, as Harris says, “the river” bring us home

to a place of forgiveness and peace.

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