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Entry date: 8-9-2023 – Forgiveness is Healthy – Letters to My Friends

Dear Friends,

Forgiving people is good for you. If you don’t believe me, try it sometime. I was watching Oz last night on TV and that line came up. “Forgiveness is healthy.”

It’s sad that a lot of people out there wouldn’t know what it means to forgive if it came up and kissed them dead on the lips. I didn’t know what it meant for a long time, either. I thought it meant that all was forgotten, water under the bridge, and in the past. I was wrong.

Forgiveness allows you to let go of the anger and bad feelings you had for someone and move on. It doesn’t mean forgetting what happened. You can remember the shit someone pulled, but still forgive them. Forgiveness allows you to move forward and move on with your life free of the weight of anger and resentment pulling you down.

I’ve re-read those words a lot in the last ten minutes. They are hard words to accept, especially when you really don’t want to forgive someone. Right now, I have a lot of anger in my heart for a certain someone. It’s been weighing me down and I don’t think I can write myself out of this particular hole just yet.


What a great day, though, yesterday was at work. I’ve got a really interesting class this year. There are a few more boys than girls and a few chatty Cathy’s, but I think they are going to be a pretty darn well-behaved class. There will be a few challenges, of course, in getting them up to grade level, but that’s in every classroom in every school in the world.

One little gal didn’t want to come in the room this morning. She was sad and scared and nervous. The new counselor came and was super helpful. It’s so nice to be part of a team where people have your back. That’s not always been the case in my previous schools. Feels good.

As the day wore on, it was cool to see the student come out of her shell a bit more. Hopefully today will be an easier day for her and for everyone. Some of the kids are pretty darn comfortable already. That’s a blessing, for sure.


See you tomorrow.

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David Lathrop
David Lathrop
Aug 22, 2023

forgive and keep your word about...and it is then possible to move on

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