The comfort of it . . . of forgiving

Story by Frozan. Native language Dari.

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Revenge is like a poison of the mind. We must empty our minds of the bad to make room for the good.


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MOST of all, forgiveness comforts us. Revenge [wanting to hurt someone who hurt you] is just wasting our time. It doesn’t have any benefits [it doesn’t make things better]. We only give more pain to ourselves. We may hurt someone else, but we hurt ourselves more. 

     When you forgive, some people say that you are weaker than the people who hurt you. They say that it is foolish [stupid] to forgive. But this is not true. Only very big people with big hearts can forgive. Small thinking people cannot forgive. If you really want to revenge [get back at] someone—forgive them! The person will feel shame and they will not do it again. In a country where there is revenge, people live with pain inside them. Revenge hurts even the next generation because it is like a poison of the mind. Parents make their children’s minds like a dust bin [where you put trash]. When you fill children’s minds with bad things, there is no room for the good. But when you empty their minds of bad things, you can fill it with good things. Good and bad can’t be together in your mind because they are opposites, like darkness and light. So we must empty our minds of the bad to make room for the good. It’s the only way we’ll be free from revenge. 

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