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Book of Sirach, The Buddha, Barney Hamady, Emmet Fox, Marcus Aurelius, Book of Matthew
Holding on to anger is like putting your hand into the fire
and refusing to take it out until the fire stops being hot
and burning you. The pain will stop a lot quicker if you
disengage from the fire by removing your hand.
Forgiveness is for our own salvation. The forgetting
part happens when decide to let our wounds heal.
Forgiving and forgetting benefit us. Why would we
hold onto anger when it poisons our mind and body?
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Wrath and anger are hateful things,
yet the sinner hugs them tight.
The vengeful will suffer the Lord's vengeance,
for he remembers their sins in detail.
Forgive your neighbor's injustice;
then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.
Should anyone nourish anger against his fellows
and expect healing from the Lord?
Should a man refuse mercy to another like himself,
yet seek pardon for his own sins?
Sirach 27:30, 28:1-4
New American Bible
We forgive principally for our own sake, so
that we may cease to bear the burden of rancor.
The Buddha (5th century BC)
Spiritual teacher from ancient India
What bitterness does is keep the old pain, yesterday's pain,
and the powerful emotions and memories associated with
that pain alive today. It keeps us bonded to the offending
person or event which caused our wound and forces us to
carry them around with us for years on end in our hearts.
Bitterness perpetuates the memory and the re-experiencing
of actual wrong events or painful situations that may have
ended years or decades ago. Bitter lives are characterized
by too much past and not enough present.
Excerpted from "Making Life Work When Life is Working You,"
by Barney Hamady
Tate Publishing & Enterprises, 2009
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It appears that a party of hunters, being called away
from their camp, left the campfire unattended,
with a kettle of water boiling on it.
Presently an old bear crept out of the woods, and seeing
the kettle with its lid dancing about on top, promptly
seized it. The boiling water scalded him badly; but
instead of dropping the kettle instantly, he proceeded
to hug it tightly -- this being a bear's idea of defense. Of
course, the tighter he hugged it the more it burned him;
and the more it burned him the tighter he hugged it;
and so on in a vicious circle, to the undoing of the bear.
This illustrates perfectly the way in which many people
hug their difficulties to their bosoms by constantly
rehearsing them to themselves and others.
Whenever you catch yourself thinking about your
grievances, say to yourself sternly: "Bear hugs kettle,"
and think about God instead. Your will be surprised
how quickly some long-standing wounds will heal.
Emmet Fox (1886-1951)
Excerpted from "Around the Year with Emmet Fox,"
Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.
Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
The Last Word:
And forgive us our debts
as we forgive our debtors.
From The Lord's Prayer
King James Version
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose
recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thor-
oughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap
heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish
selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining
that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
George Bernard Shaw
American actress, screenwriter (1893-1980)
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