Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Lesson

Today I have the privilege of being the host for The Writers' Post blog hop and my chosen prompt is "The Lesson".

My belief is that we all arrive into this world into this life so our souls may learn and grow.

So life presents us with situations to learn the lessons we are here to learn. And the situations present themselves over and over again until the lesson is learned.

If we look back at our lives, we can see a pattern emerge and from that we can establish the lesson(s) we are meant to learn. Steve Jobs put this quite nicely as "looking back to join the dots".

If the lesson evades us I believe that we carry it through from life to life until eventually we conquer and move on.

Over the years I have realised that there are a few lessons I'm pretty sure my soul is here to learn. Perhaps my karma is intertwined into this.

One of these I am sure is forgiveness.  Looking back to "join up the dots", I can see so many situations where an opportunity to learn forgiveness was presented. And I have finally learned to let go of bitterness where events have occurred that have been hurtful or where I felt betrayed or wronged.

So here's a poem I wrote and stored away for that opportunity to share. 


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Oh forgiveness, you demanding friend
Through many journeys my soul you bend

A heavy load I carry through aeons
In life after life as queens or minions

My spirit is worn down and heavily chained
That elusive lesson from my mind refrained

A flash of light, a beautiful blue
A Divine intervention experienced by few

A message is handed in the kindest of ways
The mind is enlightened, dissolved is the haze

In anger I walked off, tired and weary
In proving my love was pure and worthy

should've forgiven, looked into your heart
We may have journeyed together, instead of apart.

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This poem is inspired by a past life reading that I had. It was one of the most amazing experiences I ever had. So truly the lesson of forgiveness I have carried over from a life a long long long long time ago. 

So what is The Lesson for you?

Fact or fiction, poetry or prose, take this prompt as you will and share The Lesson. Then link up with the linky below and please link back to my post.

I look forward to reading your lesson.


Also linking this post to: Poets United Poetry Pantry and dVerse

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65 comments:

  1. Forgiveness is so important, isn't it? I think for me the most important reason to forgive is me. I feel so much better if I forgive.

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    1. It is Mary. It's the only way to move on. Holding onto bitterness is detrimental to our health and soul.

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  2. Forgiveness is one of the hardest lessons to learn. I shall attempt to put down my learning too. Your poem is exquisite, Suzy.

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    1. Thanks Cynthia. Yes, very hard lesson to learn, but once learnt it is liberating. Look forward to your post.

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  3. We might forget things but forgiving is yet another level. Art of forgiveness gives peace to mind and happiness in life.

    And beautiful poem!

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    1. Thanks Me - ever so true - forgiveness brings peace.

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    1. Thanks Vandana. Glad you liked it.

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  5. That's a beautiful poem, the end made me really sad. Forgiveness is difficult to do - sometimes you can't forgive the action but you can forgive the person.

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    1. Thanks Kalpana - yep that was a sad end. So true that the action can't be forgiven and perhaps its meant to be that way. Glad you liked my poem.

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  6. Lovely suzy !
    will take up the prompt if time permits.
    I LOVE UR POEMS

    my fav line - I should've forgiven, looked into your heart
    We may have journeyed together, instead of apart.

    TOUCHED ! if only ppl learn to forgive things wud be much much much better arnd :)

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    1. Thanks Afshan. Yes life would be very different if we learn to forgive more easily. Please do link up, will look forward to your post.

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  7. Great prompt, Suzy and such a beautiful poem. I've learned in recent years to not allow people and events that hurt me to disturb my peace - I see things and people for what they are - let them go and wish them well. It's necessary to forgive for my own soul and sanity above everything else.

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    1. Thanks Corinne. Very true, we need to forgive ourselves first and forgiveness is liberating. I have also learned to let go and to not take things too personally.

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  8. beautifully written...forgiveness is a gift you give not just to the offender but more than that to yourself.. In forgiving you absolve yourself of the pain, the hurt that was not letting you forget

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    1. Thanks Shiva. Very nicely put, it is a gift we give ourselves for peace of mind. Thanks for dropping by.

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  9. Forgiveness is sometimes really hard, but when a person finally lets go and forgives...peace can come. I still find it hard to forget even with forgiveness. I learn and never trust the same way again. I look forward to writing for this prompt.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. I think it's okay to remember as long as it no longer affects you. Thanks for linking up with your very good lesson.

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  10. Suzy, thanks for commenting at my blog... and then I found this wonderful prompt, for which I immediately found a poem brewing in my mind! Kismet, I tell ya. Your lessons learned... hope it is still not too late. Forgiveness is key to so many choices in life, isn't it? Sounds like the train has already left the station for this one, but recognizing the signs the next time around - that's when you know the lesson has REALLY taken root in your heart.

    Thanks for the visit, the prompt, and your lovely poem. Amy

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    1. Yes Amy, the train has long gone for this one. But recognising that this was the one to forgive has truly helped me to move on. thanks so much for linking up. Loved your poem and lesson.

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  11. Its an excellent poem, Suzy. One must be able to forgive in order to stay sane and for their own sake, This is what I truly believe in. Thanks

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    1. Thanks Kajal. Forgiveness is a hard lesson to learn. But unfortunately life won't let you forget that the lesson must be learned.

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  12. Beautifully written, Suzy! They say when we forgive, we are letting go of the past and that's so important for our present and future too!
    Thanks for this wonderful prompt too! Loved it! :)

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    1. Thanks Shilpa - glad you liked the prompt and my post. So true, we need to let go so our present and future are peaceful and happy. Bitterness has a way of creeping along with us if we don't stamp it out. Thanks so much for writing on my prompt and linking up. Loved your post.

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  13. To forgive and be forgiven two beautiful gifts!!

    Loved reading this one

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    1. Thanks Me. Yes, they sure are - tough gifts though, but once given great freedom and joy.

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  14. Wow...your post is very powerful! And probably appropriate for me to read after the week I've had with my dad in the hospital and all. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Susan. I'm glad my post was of help to you. That makes my writing worthwhile. I hope your dad is well soon. Take care. Hugs.

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  15. Forgiveness works like magic... Your posts are always motivating....thanks for raising such inspirational theme....

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    1. Thanks Shellymona. Forgiveness is a hard lesson to learn - taken half my life to learn it.

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  16. Forgiveness IS one of the most important lessons we learn in life. To not forgive, as your poem beautifully expresses, is like going through life with a ball and chain attached to us. In not forgiving others, we only end up hurting ourselves.
    Blessings, Suzy!

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    1. Thanks Martha - you put that so well - holding onto grudges really weighs us down. Blessings to you too my friend.

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  17. forgiveness is an interesting topic...it is confused often with letting go and not caring that the other did something to you...which is false and shallow forgiveness as the feelings still linger...rue forgiveness takes works and is def not simple....

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    1. So true Brian - forgiveness takes a lot of work and many relapses along the way so definitely not simple.

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  18. Forgiveness can be very very difficult. You handled the subject beautifully.

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  19. Suzy this fantastic and I agree with you whole-heartedly. I am pretty sure the world is trying to teach me the value delayed gratification! And patience! I have a problem with my mail taking months to arrive if it arrives at all!

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    1. Thanks Mindlovemisery. I am absolutely convinced that we are here to learn lessons. Patience is also a hard one to learn.

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  20. Beautiful write--and forgiveness is a toughie for me as well!

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    1. Thanks Audrey. I think just about everyone will have forgiveness on their list. We're all in it together :)

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  21. Suzy, this is beautiful and the message hits home most strongly in the final stanza - where you might have traveled together instead of apart. A big learning. I, too, believe we are here to learn what our souls need to learn in order to grow. Beautifully written, kiddo!

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    1. Thanks Sherry - Forgiveness can change so many paths for us. But the lesson must be learned!

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  22. Beautifully expressed Suzy! Forgiveness is something most of us have to learn and often it is truly difficult.

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  23. This was lovely..the first two lines and the last two lines really bring the poem it's strength and that is the lesson of forgiveness. I think it is something we all struggle with at times.

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    1. Thanks Truedessa - forgiveness is very demanding and if we consider it a friend it's a lot easier to accept that one must deal with it.

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  24. We cannot really move on until we have forgiven. A wonderful thought here Suzy.

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    1. Thanks Janu. I've learned that the long hard way - with many relapses!

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  25. An interesting take on things. Enjoyed reading your perspective.

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    1. Thanks SSMatthews451 - Glad you enjoyed it.

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  26. Forgiveness is indeed difficult, and a lesson we all have to learn. Thanks for sharing, Suzy!

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    1. It sure is Michelle - but a very liberating one. Thanks for dropping by.

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  27. Beautiful prompt, Suzy I am glad you saved up this poem to share now. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Viday. Glad you liked my prompt and poem.

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  28. When we see our souls living together

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    1. Hi Mia, I like the concept of souls living together :)

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  29. Your poem is so beautiful, Suzy! And I agree with you that there are lessons presented to us over and over again until we finally learn them and put them to heart. And forgiveness is among those lessons.

    Thank you so much for your heartfelt and inspiring post. God bless <3 :-)

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    1. Thank you sweet Irene. Forgiveness is a lesson I think on everyone's plate. Blessings to you lovely friend.

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  30. What a moving poem! Sad ending, big lesson. I love the opening line, "Oh Forgiveness, you demanding friend..." How succinct. How true! Forgiveness is that friend who gives us tough love at times.
    Penny

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    1. Thanks Penny. It is a very demanding friend - throws it into our faces again and again. Thanks Penny for dropping by.

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  31. so true Suzy, I just read this and its written so well, by forgiving the persons in our lives, we shall be doing a great service to ourselves, otherwise, we would be renting our minds to people who hurt us and will be carrying them around in our heads, making it a big burden. Its one of the difficult things to do, but its worth the effort, when we value the fruit of forgiveness, it makes us lighter and we are able journey with a lot of inner freedom.

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    1. Thanks Genevive. I find in my life that forgiveness is the way to peace. Hence it is definitely worth the effort.

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  32. beautifully written suzy, by forgiving, we will end up helping ourselves, rather than renting our minds to those who have hurt us, make our own journey a difficult one ! thanks for sharing !!

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