Whether we're doing the forgiving -- or gifting forgiveness to others -- is ultimately hard to tell. But in either case, gifting forgiveness is quite the miracle. It prepares a path for peace, happiness and rest for our souls.
Thanksgiving is fast approaching. While most consider offering thanks for traditional bounties, my contemplation turns to the flip side: giving thanks for things that, at least on their surface, hardly qualify for appreciation.
A few years ago, the highly purposed idealist in me experienced a brief, but highly personal, crisis. Today, I am redefining success as personal growth and creative self-expression. I may not fit an established norm, but I've made myself happy.
Mike appeared to conclude his mentoring session. Getting up from his desk, he led me toward the door of his glass-enclosed office. Before I exited, he looked me in the eye and smiled. "Maura, don't try to replicate me. Always remember to be yourself."