I have a story telling blog called Is It Really All Random? I read a wonderful story on a colleague’s blog, so it found a natural home on Random where I reblogged it.
But it’s a story about forgiveness. “Extreme Forgiveness“, as the piece is called. And here on Bite there’s much learning about that topic. Forgiving our loved ones for leaving us, sometimes with no warning at all.
Forgiving abandonment. Forgiving the nearly unbearable pain of letting go and living on without them when on some days we dream of closing our eyes and joining them instead.
We learn forgiveness of the clock that ticks on, the days that roll by, the months that march without abatement, the turning of one calendar year to the next when our hearts feel as though shredded yesterday.
And then we must say, he died last year…
The world will expect something more of us because of those words, right when we have less. We’re left to forgive what the world doesn’t understand.
I had to learn to forgive myself for sleeping on the job, for not knowing a suicide was in the making. Then I had to learn it was never my job to keep someone else alive.
The learning and the forgiving seem to go on and on, all these years later.
For these reasons maybe this beautiful blog piece on forgiveness resonates even more here than on my story telling blog so I reblog it here as well.
The author is convergent media artist, Joyce Wycoff. She has a wonderful website at http://http://joycewycoff.blogspot.com where you can read her work and see her photography and artwork.
I hope this story will touch you as it did me and if so, please let her know and explore her other writing. A link to “Extreme Forgiveness” is below this piece of her work.
Pam … I came, curious to see who had sent readers my way. I stayed to read through many of your posts. What a gift you are to so many of us who have dealt with death, loss and the many other issues you deal with in this beautiful blog. Your “Inside and Outside” resonated in so many ways. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. joyce
Outstanding story, thank you for including it on your blog.