Only the good doubt their own goodness, which is what makes them good in the first place. The bad know they are good, but the good know nothing. They spend their lives forgiving others, but they can’t forgive themselves. -Paul Auster, novelist and poet (b. 1947)
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One of the things that I do to broaden my vocabulary is subscribe to A Word A Day. Each week from Monday-Friday a word arrives in my inbox along with a thoughtful quote at the end. The quote at the top of the page came on Monday and was completely unrelated to the word it was paired with.
I have had many thoughts about this quote today – from the ramifications for political life, talk radio, or ordinary gossip. I was also reminded of another quote,
“Who steals my purse, steals trash, but he that filches from me my good name robs me of that which not enriches him and makes me poor indeed.” ~ William Shakespeare
Where does the quote lead you?
I differ from the writer in that I believe everyone needs to learn to forgive themselves, but I think a person needs to understand and accept their own imperfections, as well as that barrier of sin which prevents us from hitting the mark. I want to practice being the person who forgives others but remains humble enough to realize I need forgiving, even for things I do not know about. That knowledge keeps me coming back to the cross, to the one who forgave those who were killing him.
A somewhat disjointed post of forgiveness and hope for forgiveness for us all.