The content of my weekly blogs is drawn primarily from ancient Hebrew wisdom literature, while the 2020 format was inspired by James Clear’s “3-2-1” Thursdays. Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each week you will receive One Pillar/Proverb, One Principle and One Practical.
“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offence.”
“You must be joking, Tyrone! What do you mean that I should overlook an offence? You were going fine with the sections on wisdom and patience, hard as the latter could sometimes be. You lost me, though, when you got to that part about overlooking offences.”
If it’s one thing that we are guaranteed to face in this life, it’s wrongdoing. Someone will hurt you, insult you, disrespect you, ignore you or rub you the wrong way. It’s inevitable, because we live in a broken, fallen and imperfect world. That is why the ancient wisdom principle of overlooking an offence is so powerful. It turns the tide, changes the narrative and opens the door to healing and reconciliation.
We must learn to let some things go, not everything, but some things. Making the relationship right is much more valuable than being right. The energy and emotion used up in proving your point could be better utilized in making deposits into the emotional bank account. Forgive the person who offended you and let it go. Chances are, you will need someone to do the same for you, when you mess up.
During the course of the next seven days, contact at least one person at your home, work, school, team, family, spiritual community or elsewhere with whom you have had an unresolved disagreement and tell them: “I forgive you. I’m ready for us to move forward.”
To learn more about these pillars of personal excellence, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.