Forgive and Forget

I am asked to forgive

those who have offended me

This is not easy,

when there’s no reparation;

and even harder,

when there’s no preparation.

I am asked to forget

what I have forgiven

This is possible

but difficult to realize.

It requires imagination

and a penchant to idealize.

Truth is not transactional

Truth is a revelation

Being right needs a process

a commitment to cooperation

correctness wants oneness

a willingness for collaboration

Reality is not a consensus

Reality is shared being

Being real needs acceptance

We are chosen to behold

Authenticity wants awareness

Listening to what is told

Forgiven defies logic

Forgotten rejects objectivity

No matter what the record says

Life goes on and walls fall

Looking past the past means

Love of neighbor bridges the call

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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