I fell prey to robbers along the journey and fell off the path. We’ll call these robbers the Time Robbers or more succinctly, Balance Robbers.
You know how a gymnast walks the balance beam? Well, I fell off. I’ve been teetering on the edge for weeks now: too much to do, not enough exercise, not enough down time, sick with a cold, all that stuff. And yesterday I fell into a vat of chocolate. It was baking day. And yes, my grandson will be happy with the cookies and yes, my son will be grateful for banana bread, but out of balance is out of balance and I am.
I guess if I were still in the years when I beat up on myself for my lack of discipline, when I didn’t know how to forgive myself, I’d feel even worse today. As it is, my mind is clear while my body is the one saying stop.
We pray to God for forgiveness. Sometimes almost daily. We forget that part of forgiveness is forgiving ourselves.
We were never put on this earth to be perfect; we were put here to learn to be human. Humans make mistakes. And part of learning to make mistakes is learning to forgive ourselves when we make them. Learning to forgive our self teaches us how to forgive others; or perhaps it’s the other way around. Forgiving others gives us the freedom to forgive self.
We didn’t expect any tunnels on this road to Bethlehem. Maybe a rocky road, but a tunnel where we couldn’t see around the corner? Not so much. We knew where we were going, didn’t we? But knowing and doing are two different things.
So if you have fallen off your path of kindness or patience or understanding or balance on this journey we’re making, forgive yourself. When we forgive, we realign ourselves, remember ourselves, and remember we’re all in this together, whether the “all” around you realizes it or not.
Get back on the path. Look around at the scenery. Smile at those you pass. Find your way back to peace.
- The Act of Forgiveness: Learning How to Forgive. (zedie.wordpress.com)
- Give UP and Forgive (allisonwaguespack.com)