Joshua Zack – The Forgiveness Dialogues Series 02
I Am Forgiven when I am impatient, anxious, and selfish to another as now I see that those reactions are born in me and is up to me alone to take full responsibility for what comes out of me even when everyone around me is lashing out against me; it still is my decision to respond in haste or with a fire extinguisher.
I Forgive You when you slam doors in my face, yell obscenities at me, and diminish my self-esteem as now I have realized that I am my own keeper of empowered resolve. My self-esteem is impervious toward your actions because I know I am rich with humanity.
I Am Forgiven when I become frustrated when communing with others; When I bring others into blindness I am so alone in that moment that I feel helpless and so I attack all those around me so to feel better about my lonesome status in life. I see now I must ask for a helping hand to heal these wounds. Thank you for being patient with my lack of understanding.
I Forgive You when you verbally and physically abuse me on a daily basis because you see me as your only hope for survival.
I Am Forgiven when I insult the contentment in another, and cause them bodily harm as now it is clear I do this only to disguise a xenophobia in myself that until now have not been willing to look at because I too was feeling beaten down. Thank you for helping me to have the courage to see my intrinsic reflection through your gentle eyes by believing in me when I was too scared to.
I Forgive You when you misrepresent my motives in order to sound righteous.
I Am Forgiven when I have accepted platitudes that speak tongues I am unfamiliar with in the off chance I may find myself in a ruling position over another. I see now that true strength is not won by dominating the weaker links but by raising seeds of gratitude in all whom I interact with.
I Forgive You with utter forbearance when you display such hate toward me and others. I don’t hold it against you even though I do not condone your way of reacting. I will be a friend to you in your darkest now moment. Instead of internalizing when you bring your own lack of fulfillment in my direction I choose to have compassion for your lost memory of how to react with fortitude.
I Am Forgiven when I allow others to show me who I am in display.