Thursday, January 31, 2013

Everyday Life

I'm finding reference to forgiveness in everyday life now. It's come up at work a lot lately. A coworker that you have to see every day (provided that person deigns to bless us with their presence for a full work day/week) who has little regard for how their selfish actions affect others is hard to deal with and even to forgive. Seniority has its place and its advantages but don't abuse it. Teamwork is the key and you're not being a team player. Yes, I have a ways to go before forgiveness can be achieved.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

What is Forgiveness? (and, back in the saddle)

So, I'm back - again.  This time it's in order to actually be accountable in my Capstone class for school.  This is my last last three classes...the end.  As the professor for this class said, I'm on the 23 year plan.  Yes, it has taken me 23 years to get my degree.  For a while, I really had no intention of finishing.  But thanks to my wonderful boss, he told me it would be in my best interest to have my degree for advancement purposes.  Well, who can argue with that?  So now, 9 full classes later (including the dreaded dummy math and the loathsomely unnecessary music appreciation [because my 30 credit hours of music performance apparently don't count]), I'm at the end.  And boy, what a doozy of a semester this is likely to be.  Very, very labor and time intensive.  But I can do it.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

So, to get this started, Dr. Lewis has posed the question:  What is forgiveness?

Forgiveness is letting go of a real or perceived wrong done to you.  I say real or perceived because there are times when one THINKS they've been wronged but they really weren't.  And, of course, there are times when the wrong is really real.  How does one let go?  Do they have to physically/verbally tell the wrongdoer that they're forgiven?  Does forgetfulness of the wrong count as forgiveness of the wrong?  I don't think so.  The wrongdoer doesn't know you've forgotten about the wrong.  They can assume, but they can't know.

I'll probably expound upon this more in coming weeks.  This is what I have for now.