You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. ~Golda Meir, fourth Prime Minister of Israel
We’ve been told to expect tribulation in the world,
And we don’t have to look far to see a rocky path:
Crowded with thorns and brambles:
More often than not, cold and unforgiving:
But that doesn’t mean we should give up.
Because peace, real peace, is something most of us crave.
Maybe we’ve been focusing too long on the big picture:
And failing to appreciate how interconnected we small humans are:
Maybe we simply need to place one foot in front of the other:
And keep working toward new beginnings of peace:
Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got. ~Robert Brault, American writer
Sometimes it’s the little things
That pierce us to the core.
The little snubs, the little sneers,
The expressions we abhor.
In their defense they might not know
The arrows they are sending.
The words they say or leave unsaid
The hearts they’re blithely rending.
But sometimes it’s the little hurts
The brutal stomps upon our pride
That nag us for the longest while
And over time get magnified.
I’ve heard it takes a bigger person
To forgive and forget life’s pains.
We think revenge, we spout invectives
When ’tis better to release the chains.
Calm yourself and ground yourself
In beauty and in peace.
You’re special, valued, and capable
Let your fears and worries cease.
I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note — torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one. ~Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman
The older I get, the more I crave peace.