“The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.”
~ Thomas S. Szasz
To forgive is to excuse for fault or an offense. The word forgiveness can bring out a wide range of emotions in people. Some find it to be a sign of weakness others an immense show of strength. What have you forgiven lately or think needs to be forgiven? Have you ever held a grudge that was taxing on you? I know I have and in the end, when I let it go, I was somewhat relieved. It seems when we don’t forgive we carry a burden that doesn’t even affect the person that we hold at fault for whatever reason. But wait, what about the unforgivable things in life? Is there such a thing?
The photo above is titled Forgiving The Bent Nail. Now that’s something I don’t know if I can forgive. I envision myself stepping on it and needing a tetanus shot. Use the photo to inspire your writing if you just can’t seem to be inspired by the concept of forgiveness. We look forward to reading your poetry about having the strength to rise above or the courage to hold your ground and not forget.
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