This is a very old saying originally written by Alexander Pope. Divine can mean God, supremely good, or heavenly. I leave it to the reader to determine this for his or herself.
You may ask what this has to do with Asperger’s Syndrome or with bullying, which are the two topics I generally focus on in this blog. I say it has everything to do with both, as people with Asperger’s especially those who experience bullying, have trouble forgiving.
However, that is not why I chose this topic for today’s blog. I chose it because today I was reminded that I too have to learn to forgive. Otherwise, I’m a fraud who has no business asking my daughter or anyone else to forgive.
The reminder came in the form of an e-mail that was not even intended for me, yet I am the one who received it. The sender thought he was addressing another member of my family. This is not even really the point. The point is on seeing the sender’s name; old feelings of anger came back. Why I was angry is not important. What is important is the lesson I learned today. You see I really do believe in forgiveness, yet here I was holding a grudge against someone I hadn’t heard from in years. I realized I had to let go of the anger and move on, in order to avoid grinding my teeth and wasting my day on something that is no longer important.
How many times in my life have I refused to let something go and ended up hurting myself? I don’t even want to think about it. I want to truly learn from my mistakes and move on with my life. I want to become a more tolerant person and today I was. I responded kindly to the sender, and let him know that the e-mail address was incorrect and wished him well. It really did feel good to do this instead of letting my anger fester and take control of my day. So yes, to err is human and to forgive is divine. I look forward to your views on this.