“Forgiveness is the fragrance
the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. ” _Mark Twain
How did this quote become an old friend’s favorite? Sometimes a quote
speaks to a wound. The salve borders on the divine because to for-give
is what we need to yield in order to avoid collision in our hearts.
The Course in Miracles states “Forgiveness is the key to happiness.”
With these two quotes in mind, one may actually step into those comfortable shoes to avoid blisters and the discomfort thereafter. This reminds me of the benefit of using Vaseline on the feet before sliding them into socks and sneakers. It is a way of avoiding blisters.
The heart too can be worn down. The Vaseline prevention of blisters to the feet can be equated to the thoughts that empower to appease irresponsible blows that literally cause damage.
How does one avert mean spirited gossips? Simply by knowing better than to be ensnared.
To rise above the ill-advised is to be freed of the pain.
To feel devastated by deception means the relationship filled a void in one’s heart, and that painful void is one’s business to address. Pain cannot be left to fester.
It is good to be like water in a glass that is poured into another. Drink from one. Know how water heals. Pour the hurt for giving repose, healing.
One can learn the pain of too much tenderness to be a grinding of the diamond within. Kahlil Gibran in The Prophet speaks of love that once felt, carves a place of honor deep within. Even once it is not given reciprocally, the place stays in form; it lives because love does forever.
I wish faith, hope, and love for all in our world. I wish for peace in each soul, the home we bring into the world, and keep into thereafter.
To seek to know how to survive joyfully is to care for oneself and others. It means to be willing to be strengthened by the skills preserved through the ages to serve our best despite any hurt flung.
The empowerment of knowledge to overcome hurts is founded on a good education. In becoming as discreet as the violet whose fragrance is released despite the heel that crushed it, a person can rise above the muck. Humility can shoulder the world’s hypocrisy and can even lift the pebbles the ignorant scrapes. In other words, humility knows no offense.
The violet that sheds the fragrance knows this. You can too. A good education means to have learned how to survive lovingly in a relatively imperfect world.
“There are three things that will last forever: faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love.” __1 Corinthians 13
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