Forgiving seems to be a recurring theme here, perhaps because it can be such a long journey. Thankfully, I feel more like I’m getting there now. I don’t usually bring politics or current affairs into this blog, but just recently, I’ve been greatly moved by the plight of Tony Nicklinson who fought a legal battle to have the right to end an intolerable life with the help of a medical professional.
Unfortunately, his wish was not granted, and he slipped away yesterday after refusing food for a week, ultimately losing his life to pneumonia. Whatever your perspective on this particular issue, human suffering is surely on the fringes of what we would consider tolerable.
From reading about Mr. Nicklinson and reading what his family posted on Twitter in the wake of his death…a final tweet read ‘Goodbye world, the time has come. I’ve had some fun’ I have come to the realisation that there is only one issue with forgiving. I shouldn’t be constantly thinking ‘I need to forgive Kim’ and following that with ‘why?’. Forgiving her is simply the right thing to do. Surely loving somebody means respecting their choices.
I think this might be a bit more of a ramble than a blog post, but I’d appreciate your comments on what it means to forgive. Do we have to respect other people’s choices in order to forgive them? Or is it possible to forgive somebody in spite of their choices? (I’m also working on coming to terms with the idea that there was no choice, but I have a long way to go with that.)
Wishing you peace and strength on your journeys,