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Art of forgiving


It is observed, we neither forget the mistakes of others easily, nor do we forgive them. This becomes a hindrance in maintaining good relationships with others. In order to live peacefully, it is a must that whenever we face a negative emotion instead of keeping that bad feeling with us forever, we need to forgive. The moment we forgive someone we forget that incident of life and move on. If we don’t, we carry the burden of negative emotions, which widens the gulf in between our relationship. The art of forgiving will help us to reduce feelings of distress and helplessness, letting go of anger, slowly but steadily. This will also help us to increase our confidence levels. By forgiving we not only make the person who behaved badly with us happy, but we will also feel very content and happy within. Gandhi ji had taught us, to love others even if you don’t like them. So, what for we are waiting starts today, start now? Here is a ereHerestory that has a strong message for all of us.

The story

Once upon a time two Buddhist monks were traveling. On their way, they came across a swollen river flooded with rain waters. While they were preparing themselves to swim across they have heard a voice, a lady voice asking for help. On some distance they saw a young lady struggling with the river water holding a tree branch, which has fallen in the river. One of them immediately jumped into the river and took her on his back and swam across the river. After sometime the other monk also crossed the river and they started walking towards their destination. The moment they started walking the second monk started criticizing the first monk. What kind of Buddhist monk you are? We are not supposed to even see a woman; you not only saw but touched her too. He kept on talking and the first monk kept on listening patiently. After almost an hour, the first monk very sweetly told his fellow monk, “Bandhu, I had left that lady at the river bank; you are still carrying her with you”.

Moral of the story

To maintain healthy relationships one must learn the art of forgiving.

(Excerpts from the book, ‘Why My Horse Doesn’t Drink – Learn to motivate people around you)

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