Fighting against hate

Share a story where it was very difficult for you to forgive the perpetrator for wronging you, but you did it — you forgave them.

I have lived all my life with people who have suffered incredible wrongdoings and injustices and have been able to forgive, so my stories about people wronging me and I forgiving them seem ridiculous in comparison.

My parents had to endure prosecution, prison and exile. My father was once almost executed. Two of his brothers were killed. He forgave. It was not easy for him. He prayed every day the Lord’s prayer: Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…  And he was completely honest.

I already wrote about him and his forgiveness in a post several months ago titled “Fighting hate”. I remembered then that in an interview about his life the interviewer asked my father if he hated someone from those years when all that happened to him. He answered: 

“from then I lived every day of my life fighting against hate”.

For me listening to him I t was like discovering him with a new light. I realised that something he had taught me that seamed easy and natural in him, it was actually a matter of constant inner fight, difficult, and just for that more valuable. From that day I admired him more than before.

Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget?.
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Author: Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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