Comforting Thought: Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself

Maori nature ancient Wisdom of a Kaumātua: Hawaiki nui Hawaiki roa

To forgive is to assume a larger identity than the person who was first hurt, to mature and bring to fruition an identity that can put its arm not only around the afflicted one within, but also around the memories we carry of the searing emotional blow.

We imagine ourselves in the light of our maturity. We reimagine the past in the light of our new identity. We allow ourselves to be gifted by a story that first hurt us and left us bereft.

From: Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte

Genre: Non-fiction, Spirituality, Philosophy

Rating: 3.5 stars

*Contains no spoilers

In this slim and elegant volume of philosophy and inspiration, writer David Whyte tackles the big topics and words that rarely get any airtime in our society, the kinds of things that haunt people but that are difficult to resolve and so are pushed under the rug. Read full review

Book Review: Consolations:The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte
Book Review: Consolations:The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte

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