Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. I am happy to see that you decided to stop by to visit with me. Recently I read a quote that I thought was excellent. I want to share that quote with you.
Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and realizing you were the prisoner. Max Lucado
This quote is rich with awareness. Although I may believe and feel justified in my anger and resentment I am the one who suffers the consequences. By choosing not to forgive I place myself behind prison doors.
I have also heard that holding un-forgiveness and resentment in my heart toward other people is likened to drinking poison while hoping that the other person dies.
Many years ago I listened to a speaker share how some monkeys are trapped in Africa. Apparently, bamboo cages are built with rungs of bamboo bars that are spaced with small gaps. The spacing allows for the monkey to reach into the cage to reach the piece of fruit, but the spacing does not allow for the monkey to remove the fruit.
In the monkey’s determination to hold on to the fruit or bait, the monkey does not recognize the trapper — before it is too late.
The above three illustrations remind me that I have the power to be released from my self-imposed prison. I can do the work to let go of my resentment and forgiveness. I can do the work to let go of my unrealistic expectations. I can choose not to drink the poison of bitterness. I can let go of the bait of justification that keeps me trapped in a cage.
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