Haiku: An Apology
“More people should apologize, and more people should accept apologies when sincerely made.” Greg LeMond
Words hauled as arrows
Left heart holes like missing teeth…
Where love once called … home
Seven years later
It was not in jest
Miles across the storming seas
A call … I’m sorry
Can an apology helps us get on the road to forgiveness? In 2008, Joe Vitale wrote an inspiring book, Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More, in which he shared the remarkable story of how a Hawaiian doctor, Dr Hew Len, used the ancient Hawaiian spiritual tradition of Ho’oponopono, to cure a prison’s mental ward patients. Before you respond with incredulity, let’s remember that words, and the use of them as affirmations, can have tremendous power on our psyche. Dr Hew Len’s approach consisted of having the inmates mindfully repeat four simple phrases: I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you. While forgiveness and apologies might not rank high in some people’s repertoire, the act of offering an apology, when done with sincerity, can be quite healing.
“A stiff apology is a second insult… The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.” Gilbert K. Chesterton
Please … forgive me
Memories flood the tear ducts…
Can shattered hearts heal?
Seven years too long
Retribution lost its way…
We put pain to rest
A healing on the mountains
Across the pond … hugs
Can four simple phrases change everything about past hurts? The only way to find out is to give it a try with all our heart and mind. Whether we choose to accept an apology or let our ego be mired in unforgiveness is for us to choose. Life must go on! As Greg LeMond aptly said, Sincere apologies are for those that make them, not for those to whom they are made. I believe we better serve the planet when we make time to reflect on past hurts and open our hearts to heal and be a healing channel for others. Sadly, when we hold on to hurts, they stay with us waiting for an opportunity to rise in some passive aggressive act and lash out at others who remind us of the wounds we’ve carried around in our heart… Let it go.
This post was inspired by a WordPress Prompt: Discover Challenge: Apology – This week’s challenge is all about sharing an apology. Publish a post that commemorates a significant apology you’ve given or received. Tell us about an apology you wish you’d gotten. Create a poem offering an apology you’d always meant to give, but never did. Share an image of the other person involved in yours, or a painting showing how the apology made you feel. Write a short story about an apology gone wrong. (And don’t forget to add the…
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Positive Motivation Tip: Apologies can be transformative… release and relax