Happy #ForgivingFridays everyone! Yay! This is an opportunity for you to share about forgiveness & post about it ANY DAY this week! See guidelines below. ❤ You can post whatever inspires YOU to forgive and choose love. Maybe it’s a poem, or a situation you’re struggling with, or a photo — or even a quote on forgiveness like one of this week’s contributors!, or you can share about travel like I did.
Today’s Forgiving Fridays is What is Really Important?
I went on a two-week vacation to Spain and Portugal. It was amazing. The purpose was to bring Light and peace wherever we went.
I learned a lot about forgiveness by doing this.
One of the places we went was an old underground cemetery. There were graves everywhere – at our feet on each side – I was surrounded! As I walked, I saw a municipal worker renovating one of the tombstone faces. This scene struck me so strongly, and I began to wonder what in life is really important.
As I continued on the trip, I kept having experiences to guide me on what’s important. For example, here’s a photo of a dove in a church designated for Mother Mary. The beauty of this simple stained glass piece opened me to an awareness of peace.
All of this is helping me to ask myself, “What am I making more important than loving?” We have only so much time on this planet, and the little details of “I’m right” and “She’s wrong” fade in importance when I consider my own cemetery. All the judgments, the getting caught in my own mind – how much does that matter in the face of love?
There’s another way, one where I am choosing love over hate, compassion over blaming, and peace over conflict. Love heals all, if only I listen.
On this trip, I opened up to love and forgave a lot, especially around my partner (I traveled with him!) I learned how to take responsibility for my upset with him and with others. I also reached out to share my heart and had an amazing experience of connecting with my fellow travelers.
I didn’t always know how to forgive, I just let go and allowed love.
Forgiveness to me is a process of opening my heart, deciding to love, and speaking compassion and kindness. The simple words “I forgive myself” can bring in great peace. No matter what is going on outside of me, the forgiveness starts and ends with me. There is never a good enough reason to judge, withhold my loving.
THAT’S how I want to live.
What are you making more important than loving? Do you have something you’d like to let go of? This Forgiving Fridays, I invite you to forgive and let go, and to open to the immense gift that love has for you. ❤
I am grateful for all of you who contribute to Forgiving Fridays. I learn so much from you! Here are the contributions while I was on vacation 🙂 :
DeBorah of Roaming Urban Gypsy shared a group of photos that illustrate the creativity of New York that inspired forgiveness and peace in me.
Stella of Giggles & Tales wrote a lovely post that illustrates the presence of peace and how each of us is so important to create what we want in life.
Anne of Beauty By A Dutch Girl chose an exquisite quote on how peace starts inside each one of us with a decision to forgive – so vulnerable and creative. Thank you so much. A first time contributor!
Xenia of Whippet Wisdom contributed a tanka (very cool poem) she wrote on love within our smiles. Gorgeous photo of her dogs to illustrate!
Pragalbha of Infinite Living wrote a beautiful poem on honoring the essence of who we are. Her poetry is lovely.
And in case you missed it:
Nikki of the newly-restored A Kinder Way contributed a great post on how she realized how much she loves “A Kinder Way” and self-forgiveness and kindness. Way to go, Nikki.
I’ll end today with fun photos of me with fellow travelers, plus a poem by Hafiz on how MAYBE we can take life so seriously. See below.
Have an amazing week! I love us all so much.
Here are the guidelines of #ForgivingFridays:
- Every day is Friday! Do a post today or anytime this week.
- Be creative – there’s LOTS of space for your expression! Write a poem, take a photo, post a quote, share your story … what opens your heart?
- Include #ForgivingFridays in your tags
- Create a pingback link to this post so I can find you.
- Have fun – you are awesome!!
Here’s the Hafiz poem on life ❤ :
TRIPPING OVER JOY
What is the difference
Between your experience of Existence
And that of a saint?
The saint knows
That the spiritual path
Is a sublime chess game with God
And that the Beloved
Has just made such a Fantastic Move
That the saint is now continually
Tripping over Joy
And bursting out in Laughter
And saying, “I Surrender!”
Whereas, my dear,
I am afraid you still think
You have a thousand serious moves.