I’m interested in stories of transformation and utilizing their potential for educating, healing and inspiring. We need to be reminded of what is truly possible.
So I am dedicating this blog to The Forgiveness Project and the possibility of forgiveness.
The Forgiveness Project is a UK-based charitable organization which explores forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution through real-life experiences. Founded by Marina Cantacuzino, it has no religious or political affiliations. The vision is to “to build a better future by healing the wounds of the past”. Check out over 90 stories as well as their exhibition and outreach programs.
The exploration of the “F Word” reveals how multi-faceted it is. Forgiveness is a journey, deeply personal, and sometimes difficult and painful. It is not a soft option and it never condones or excuses a behavior. It offers self-healing and liberation; it can be transformational. It is a gift and always a choice.
Imagine if we all started to travel the road toward forgiveness, of everyone, even our worst enemies?
This is a question Jeremey Cowart explores in his photography and his special post for CNN reflecting on Rwandans forgiving and reconciling with murderers who killed their children, families and friends during the 1994 genocide. His post is entitled “If Rwandans can forgive killings, we can forgive the waitress”.
As Cowart says: “Maybe we start small and decide to forgive the waitress, no matter what. Maybe if we begin with small acts of grace, we could one day find ourselves practicing radical grace and restoring humanity, too.”
Would you be willing to explore this option of forgiveness and the potential it holds as a contribution? Is there someone in your life that you can now forgive? Including yourself?
Gandhi reminds us: “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”