True Strength

Thought for the Day:

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as true strength.
~ Ralph Sockman ~

Ahhhh…..strength. In a ‘man’s world’ that means big muscles, big guns, big brains, big money. In a man’s world strength is loud, boisterous, contentious, immovable and intractable.

But somewhere I read that something the size of mustard seed can move a mountain.

Set fire to a large building and what happens? The building is destroyed, laid to waste in a heap of ash and rubble. But the tiny atoms that collectively formed the wood, the brick, the glass, the metal remain perfectly intact, free to transform into something new.

When the Hutus inhumanely slaughtered the Tutsis in Rwanda, decimating a large population of 800,000 (according to estimates), individuals such as Immaculee Ilibagiza, who is being profiled tonight on 60 Minutes, survived, preserving the testimony of pain as an indictment against the murderers. Yet, Immaculee Ilibagiza has forgiven the man who personally was responsible for the murder of 2 of her relatives (her family and entire village were wiped out).

As she puts it, “No, completely in my heart, I was aware that (anger) won’t change anything. It won’t change his heart. It won’t bring back people he killed.”

She adds, “I don’t want it. I don’t want them, after killing my family, to give me this luggage in my heart, in my belly….to hold this anger,”.

She inherited a legacy of pain and cashed it in for the inheritance of Love.

This, to my mind and heart, is true strength.

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