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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Forgive

Call this "Let It Go II."

The story is well known. Tanzan and Ekido, traveling on a muddy road, encountered a well-dressed girl who couldn't cross the street for fear of getting her silk kimono dirty.

Without hesitation, Tanzan lifted her up, carried her across the road, and set her down on the other side.

Ekido held his tongue until that evening, then scolded Tanzan for touching any woman, let alone a young, beautiful one.

"I left her back there," replied Tanzan. "Are you still carrying her?"

The girl isn't all that Ekido was carrying. One imagines he also bore a sense of superiority, some judgment, and perhaps--just perhaps--a hint of jealousy.

What a load!

I can tell you from personal experience, a grudge can be a terrible weight on one's shoulders. What freedom when we let it go!

So who are you bearing a grudge against? Set it down. Forgive. Clear the slate.

You'll be happier.

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