Forgive and Keep Going
In the Biblical story of Joseph, we learn of his magnanimous forgiveness.
Here is a very abbreviated version, that teaches us how to move forward, so that we can get to where we are meant to be.
Joseph had been thrown into a pit and then sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. He later spent years in prison and eventually became a ruler in Egypt under Pharaoh.
Twenty years later when reunited with his brothers he harbored no resentment and told them to not be sad over what they had done to him. He understood and explained to them that he wouldn’t be where he was without this journey imposed upon him.
Through this journey he learned to have faith. Faith that this was G-d’s plan for him. Faith that all that happened was eventually for the good. He was able to move forward to great accomplishments because that faith allowed him to let go of the anchor of anger, grudges, or resentment.
“Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom” – Hannah Arendt
“Anger begins with madness and ends with regret.” – Ben Hamelech V’Hanazir
“Don’t carry a grudge. While you’re carrying a grudge the other guy is dancing.” – Buddy Hackett
“Resentment is like drinking poison and hoping the other person dies.” – Rebbetzin Feige Twerski
If you develop the attitude of that faith, then you will understand that you have to go through what you have to go through to get you where you are meant to be. Having that faith will make the journey a little easier and keep you focused on the finish line.
Part of the If You Are Always Looking Back, Then Your Future Will Look Like Your Past series
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