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Apologies are powerful, transformative experiences.

If you hurt a person in some way and you know that you did wrong, go to that person and apologize, get the job done. Do not carry around a load of regret. Your stomach will eat a hole in your gizzard and you’ll be suffering from acid reflux every day. In your heart, you know if you did that person wrong and you are the only one that knows if you truly owe him an apology. If the other person is just messing with your head, trying to do a blame game on you, I wouldn’t lose much sleep over it. If you do truly realize that you wronged that person and you don’t take care of it by apologizing. You will carry that around until it really messes with your head big time and messes with your health…

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Haiku: Silence…

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“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Haiku: Silence…

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Elie Wiesel

She smiled, hate filled eyes
Filthy words flew by… N*&%$r!
I cringed, said nothing…

The first time a dorm mate called me that name, I was left speechless. Here I was, at a fancy school, surrounded by supposedly educated people and … such behavior? As Oliver Herford said, “A man is known by the silence he keeps.” For me to say nothing was a sign of weakness, of allowing a bully to gain the upper hand, and it ate at me for a long time.

“To sin by silence when…

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Haiku: An Apology

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“More people should apologize, and more people should accept apologies when sincerely made.” Greg LeMond

Haiku: An Apology - Helps us cross the bridge of forgiveness Haiku: An Apology – Helps us cross the bridge of forgiveness

Words hauled as arrows
Left heart holes like missing teeth…
Where love once called … home

Seven years later
Unexpectedly contrite…
An apology

It was not in jest
Miles across the storming seas
A call … I’m sorry

Can an apology  helps us get on the road to forgiveness? In 2008, Joe Vitale wrote an inspiring book, Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More, in which he shared the remarkable story of how a Hawaiian doctor, Dr Hew Len, used the ancient Hawaiian spiritual tradition of Ho’oponopono, to cure a prison’s mental ward patients. Before you respond with incredulity, let’s remember that words, and the use of them as affirmations, can have tremendous power on our psyche…

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Note to Self.

Natura Salva

I apologize for hurting you,
for finding you unworthy.
For scolding you on all your failures,
and shaming you overtly.
Forgive me for the pain I’ve caused,
and the scars etched on your skin.
For never having faith in you,
or hope you’d ever win.

I see the pain I’ve caused you,
as I stare into your crying eyes.
All those years of ridicule,
yet you forged a great disguise.
In attempts to hide the sadness,
the confusion, and the shame,
Walls were built and hearts hardened,
a numbed person you became.

Never did I learn the procedure,
to approach someone like you.
Always taught to see the good in others,
but for you I had no clue.
I hope to see the day in which
we can harmoniously coexist.
Where we have moved past this strife,
and the pain no longer persists.

I promise to practice acceptance,
for your every perfect imperfection.
To dedicate time to explore us,

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