Restitution

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Part of cleaning our past
as we move forward on the
path of love, is to make
restitution to those we
have harmed by our
actions or inactions;
our failure to act
with integrity and love.

Examine your conscience;
return what you have
ruthlessly taken, make amends
however you can. Go beyond
paying in kind; be generous, give more,

When those whom you’ve harmed
can forgive you, it is a glorious
day indeed. But even if they
are not able to forgive and
trust you, wish them well,
pray for their healing;
then forgive yourself, last
step of making amends.

We all have failed at times;
restitution is a key to healing;
hand in hand with
forgiveness to all,
including you as well.
Do not wallow in self-hatred
for if God forgives all to
those who are sincere,
sshouldn’twe forgive
ourselves as well?

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9 Responses to Restitution

  1. Marcus Ampe says:

    Reblogged this on From guestwriters and commented:
    We are bounded by time and our actions in time. We can stay chained by them or being liberated in time.

    In our life we always shall encounter easy but also difficult situations and shall get moments that we can get trapped in our own stiupidity, making faults, hurting others, coming into arguments leading to nowhere and getting us in problems, but also getting ourselves being hurt by others.

    When something went wrong and got us in anger, we either have the choice to stay in that anger or to be more smart and not let this anger ruin our life.
    We better let go of our anger, grudge, and desire to get even with the person(s) who wronged us. forgiving does not have to mean you condone with or minimize the harmful words or deeds. Forgiving is your willingness to take a strong position by humbling yourself before the other and showing your willingness to come closer again to him or her. It is your willingness to show that you are willing to take a deliberate decision to release any negative thoughts towards the person(s) who hurt you.

    We all should know that “Forgiveness” has many benefits.

    Considering these seven benefits could motivate you to actively choose to forgive someone who hurt you deeply. Forgiveness:

    1. Enhances your emotional well-being. When you let go of grudges it relieves you of stress that could sabotage your emotional health.
    2. Frees you from the hurt. When you don’t forgive, you are hurt first by the pain of the offense, and then by the bitterness you carry that impacts your emotional and physical well-being. But forgiveness reduces the emotional pain.
    3. Gives you peace of mind. Genuine forgiveness replaces feelings of anger, bitterness and resentments with a positive feeling of compassion for the person who caused you harm. This gives you a sense of calm and peace.
    4. Improves your physical health. Research indicates that forgiveness could lead to lowered heart rates and blood pressure which could have a positive effect on your overall health.
    5. Builds stronger connections. When you learn to forgive you are better able to act in a positive way to people even though they disappoint you. This makes it easier to build healthy relationships and make connections with other people, for example, in your family and at work.
    6. Improves your marriage. It is much easier to resolve conflicts in your marriage if you have a forgiving spirit. Relationship expert, Dr. John Gottman, explains that forgiveness sustains long-term relationships.
    7. Makes your happier. People who forgive are happier because they have learned to let go burdens of resentment and anger. This restores their freedom and sense of well-being leading to true happiness.

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  2. CBurns says:

    Thank you for this post. It really moved me and is exactly what I needed to hear. I will also be reading this again& again. Xo

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  3. inmycorner says:

    if we could all adopt this spirit of restitution – there would be no more need to take ups arms against foes as we would have no foes. What a better place this world would be. Wonderful insight and so true, your poetry. Thank-you. I hope your post is read around the globe!

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  4. Sam says:

    Words for life… as usual… thank you Pat.

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  5. “restitution is a key to healing”
    Pat,
    What an amazing poem.
    I read every word twice.
    Thank you!

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    • Pat Cegan says:

      Sometimes, often, really, “I’m sorry” is not enough. It is too easy to say those words and often people commit the same thing again. Words plus action are much stronger; that and for the person to never do that thing again. Much to think about for all of us. hugs, pat

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