forgiving the past

 

This morning, I wanted to blog about a quote or topic related to to Maya Angelou as she has been a writer who has inspired me for many years.  As I searched my old email meditations, I came across this one.  It’s not about outdoor nature but rather human nature, and I believe if she had heard this story, she would say it captures the heart of her quote shared here.

We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate — thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising.  

~Maya Angelou

This morning, I heard the most beautiful story.  I happened to be listening to NPR when the Story Corps segment played, and I stood in my kitchen mesmerized and weeping as I listened to today’s story.  If you are not familiar with Story Corps, it is a short segment in which loved ones and friends have entered a traveling recording studio and relate a short but meaningful experience they shared.  All of the stories will be archived at the Smithsonian and are available through podcast.

I do not want to relate the story to you in word for two reasons–I could not possibly capture its beauty, and I want o encourage you to listen to it yourself.  It is short–about 3 minutes.  It is a recollection of how two people have learned about forgiveness but also how they have taken it one step further and engaged in reconciliation with each other–not an easy feat if you have ever had your heart or spirit wounded.

My prayer today is that this story will serve as a reminder of what love and hope, forgiveness and reconciliation can accomplish–strengthening families, nurturing spirits, changing the world.

Listen here.

 

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