The strongest force isn’t love or hate, the strongest force in this world is forgiveness. It’s why the weak and vulnerable among us can be so easily manipulated by those with nefarious intent. It’s the root of cults and why religion can be so dangerous. We want it badly enough to act in ways that endanger our bodies and even our minds.
We have all acted in ways we are not proud of. Thought thoughts we would not want to share. Done things we would not want to be brought to the light of day. The longer we live the more of these accumulate in our hearts, on our souls.
The world tends to be balanced. Scientists talk about entropy and randomness but even in that idea, there is balance. If forgivness is the strongest force in this world, it is also the most fragile. It takes the most energy and will to create. You risk the most to offer it.
Too often we are caught up in the whirlwind that is anger, upset, brinksmanship. Those emotions are loud and pushy. They encourage you to act quickly and without measure. Forgiveness is much quieter. It whispers in your heart and calls you to act with restraint. So often, we don’t listen. To our detriment. I cannot remember one time where I acted without restraint where I didn’t regret it. Not one.
At the heart of forgiveness is peace. And that is what we truly most crave. More than money, or prestige, more than being right. We all wish for someone to tell us “you are forgiven”, and mean it. It holds a value that is beyond price. So when you are tempted to act in anger, or frustration, or impatience. Try to find a moment of silence within yourself and recall a longer game than just winning the moment’s argument. You’ll be better for it. Your relationships will be better for it. And when enough of those moments accumulate you’ll know a peace beyond measure and find yourself at the place wisdom is born.