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Whenever we confront a situation or problem, we want to deal with it and then, move on. We want to step up to the issue and do whatever we need to do. Then, we want to move on and never think about it again. We want life to be like a set of stairs. We want to deal with whatever the problem is, step up and be done with it.
Life, however, isn’t like that. Whenever we deal with problems, we find out it takes longer than we think to get past them. Why is that? Because life is more like a spiral than it is a set of stairs. We don’t deal with something, step up and then, move on. Instead, we keep coming back to the issue at an even deeper level.
Forgiveness - Example - Someone - Wounds - Person
Take forgiveness for example. Let’s say someone hurts you. I mean wounds you deeply. At first, you’re angry and you want to destroy the person who hurt you. You want them to suffer as much as you’ve suffered. It may take you a while, but you’ll soon realize that you can’t ease your own pain by making someone else hurt. Eventually, you’ll come to the conclusion you will have to forgive the person who hurt you to have any chance of repairing the broken relationship. You’ll have to forgive them for no other reason than preventing the anger from eating you alive.
So, you’ll forgive them. You’ll forgive them as much as you can for as much as you can in that moment.
Everything - Life - Levels - Exposure - Depths
But you won’t forgive them for everything. Life is more complicated than that. We’re more complicated than that. We have more levels than our superficial exposure to each other. There are depths that are wounded in the moment that we only discover later, sometimes much later.
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