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Anger, gossip, frustration: forgive them anyhow

06/10/2014 14:22, Published by Jacqueline, Categories: Health+Wellness


Frosty Wooldridge of Genesee is a former math-science teacher who has bicycled across six continents and nine times across America. He authored 12 books, the latest is “How to Deal with 21st Century American Women: Co-creating a successful relationship.” Visit www.HowToLiveALifeOfAdventure.com or email frostyw@juno.com.



by Frosty Wooldridge

Back in high school, rumors started as fast as a lightning storm to destroy any girl’s reputation. Often out of jealousy for some perceived transgression, classmates concocted stories to create hurt for another person. 

During your lifetime, you face curving roads, blind corners that you can’t see coming and things up ahead that you can’t imagine. You will also meet friends, moments and predicaments you could never have imagined. Keep pedaling, paddling or hiking toward your truest self. The journey will reward you with an amazing life.

 As we grew older, most of us learned through the years that everyone paddles his or her canoe as best they can on this unique journey through life.

 But along the way, in most communities around the world, people talk about other people. They make judgments. They hold verdicts. They render conclusions based on their perceptions.

 Someone always gets emotionally damaged by bitter reprisals, anger, gossip and other peoples’ frustrations.

 It’s been said that, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

 I once knew a friend who carried grudges against those who wronged him.

Finally, I said, “Jack, you carry so many negative thoughts about folks who have done you wrong, Have you ever thought of forgiving all those who wronged you?”

 “I just can’t,” Jack said.

 “If you did,” I said, “it would take a load off your mind and emotions. Give it a try.”

 “How do I do it?” he asked.

 “People can be harsh, unfair, perverse, dishonest and irrational,” I said. “Just forgive them anyhow. Forgive them unconditionally in your own mind and heart. They don’t need to know it. You don’t have to tell them. Just know that you forgave them. In doing that, you forgive yourself. It’s really freeing.”

 Jack seemed to “click” the solution into his mind. From that day, he let go of his anger, bitterness, frustrations and disappointments that he experienced with people. One of the best things he did: Jack associated with people who supported him. He fled “those” people who remained in his former paradigm. He changed jobs.

 The facts: if you grow into a successful person, others may deride you. Forgive them anyhow. 

It’s possible that if you maintain honesty and speak your mind, others may call you names or betray you. Forgive them anyhow.

You may build a business or work hard to succeed, but someone undermines you. Forgive them anyhow and move toward your dreams on your earned experiences. 

If you show positive energy and aliveness, others may be jealous and display their envy. Guess what? Forgive them anyhow. 

In my lifetime, I have picked up a half-million pieces of trash from rivers, lakes and streams. Also, I picked up trash in the oceans, along roads and in parks. People keep throwing it. As angry as it makes me, I forgive them anyhow.

While the world disappoints, frustrates and diminishes everyone along the journey, give the world your best anyhow.

  Shakespeare’s Polonius in Hamlet said, “Neither a borrower or a lender be. For the loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. This above all, to thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, though canst be false to any man.”

 Interesting because Polonius’ detractors spoke of him as overly officious, garrulous and impertinent.

 Be yourself anyhow, because in the end, it’s all between you and the Great Spirit that expresses through all of us.

Frosty Wooldridge of Genesee is a former math-science teacher who has bicycled across six continents and nine times across America. He authored 12 books, the latest is “How to Deal with 21st Century American Women: Co-creating a successful relationship.” Visit www.HowToLiveALifeOfAdventure.com or email frostyw@juno.com.



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