I loved Mark Twain as a kid. He is likely one of the most notable and prolific minds and writers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Fin captured the imagination of millions of young boys and gave credence to the idea that the mischief inherent to some children, does not always correlate to their deeper sense of morality. In one of his many quotable musings he said: “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it”. One of many beautiful illustrations Mark Twain left us.
On a similar subject he also pondered that: “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it stored than to anything on which it is poured”.
If we do nothing else this week, forgive a person that has long needed your forgiveness (even if that person happens to be you). As hard as it may be, at least consider it…forgiveness will always do more for you than it even does for the person being forgiven. It doesn’t matter how it is received because it is ultimately your own health that will be bolstered. And with that clearing of your conscience, try to re-focus your energy and be the best version of yourself this week. Start there…and then, even if you falter, start that same effort again next week.
Forgive and then move forward –in so doing, you will invite your true potential.
Have a great week!
* Ian Aubourg the Regional Director for Movement Mortgage.