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Nelson Mandela, my Dad, and forgiveness

Friday, December 06, 2013

In my life, two great men exemplified forgiveness: my father, Bill Gray, and Nelson Mandela. With my father, I saw the attitude of peace and kindness toward all lived out. With Dr. Mandela, I read about and saw in movie form forgiveness.
Still, for me it was not easy. I had married a wonderful man with a horrible problem of alcoholism. I bore many scars in my heart, and I saw the same in my sons. Even after the divorce, it took me years to live free of an unforgiving attitude. I had to purposely redirect my thoughts often, for I wanted someone to blame for my bad day, bad luck or bad attitude.
The bottom line is that I am responsible for my day and my attitude. I am blessed by God, so the luck part doesn't really matter. What looks bad today could turn out to be a great lesson to help me grow tomorrow. It's all about my attitude of gratitude.
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