I hope you are enjoying or have enjoyed a wonderful spring break. The following story came across my desk and I wanted to share it with you.
“Forgiving is rediscovering the shining path of peace that at first you thought others took away when they betrayed you.”
Two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.
The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand:
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.
They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him.
After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone:
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.
The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?”
The other friend replied “When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”
LEARN TO WRITE YOUR HURTS IN THE SAND AND TO CARVE YOUR BLESSINGS IN STONE.
Forgiveness is not an act but a process – a direction, a path to walk on. There is no prescription for how long it might take or how long it should take. All I know is, people deserve the same kind of forgiveness that you would want…
Rabbi Bruce Aft
GMU Hillel Rabbinic Advisor