The holidays are full of tradition. For many of us it’s the season of giving. There are endless opportunites too. All of those red kettles for the Salvation Army…the adopt a family programs…coat donations for the needy….tons of volunteer opportunities, etc. It is easy to find ways to give and of course it feels good. But I think all of that is too easy. I think this should be the season not just to give but to FORgive. Yeah, now that would be challenging.
Think of the people in your life who have disappointed you or hurt you in some way. Think of the friends and/or family that you avoid each year because of hard feelings. This is the perfect time of year to let it go…all of it. There are two sides to every coin and of course your side is the right side, but I think it would be worthwhile to take a good look at the other side. And while your at it, don’t just look at it…try to see it from the other point of view. None of us is perfect enough to cast stones. However, from time to time, we sure act like it. I challenge you this holiday season to take a good look at the other side of the coin and listen, not to defend your position, but to understand. And then, without judgement and without expecting reconciliation, just try to let it go. That’s the kind of giving that really feels good.
Tis the season to FORgive!