Hello Kind Living Friends!
In the midst of restrictions and stay-at-home orders, we may be finding our patience wearing thin at times. In response, I offer the following exercise.
Begin by jotting down anything, and I mean anything, you experience as annoying. This may seem counter-intuitive to kindness, recording what annoys you. But the real blessing comes in recognizing these annoyances, seeing if they have something to teach you, and then working to let go of them.
Next, consider why it is hard to forgive. Note your responses in some manner. Then, at a quiet time some evening, perhaps in bed or just before, ask yourself if there is something big in your life over which you are holding a grudge:
- What are you getting from holding this grudge?
- What are you giving up?
- Are you able to let go of it?
That's the idea this week, to practice forgiving.
In the same way that it is easy to forgive a one-year-old for doing something like grabbing your eyeglasses, practice forgiving people this week for any "indiscretion" you feel they have committed.