Forgiveness and the Life of Robin Williams

Robin Williams, the comic genius and actor of great insight who just died, was able to show that deep, deep capacity for connection that can heal, one person to another.

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Gratitude Bucket

What a wonderful idea! Check out this fun way to publicly show your gratitude for someone.

Go do it now, you’ll feel good inside and you’ll be happy you took this chance to brighten someone’s day.

Parents an Example of Forgiveness for Layton Family

One thing that came to my mind as I watched this video is why this makes such a newsworthy story. Is forgiveness so uncommon that when it does happen, it turns into a featured news story?

What good would it have done for them not to forgive? I suppose that they could have profited from harsher legal action.
One thing that is sure is that the effect of those touched by the attitude of charity and forgiveness demonstrated by the Toones has a more far reaching impact for good than if this were to have been another account of tragic sorrow lost in the sea of other unforgiving grudge holders too commonly found elsewhere.

Aurora, Colorado Gunman – Movie Goer Desires Forgiveness?

Aurora, Colorado movie goer, Justin James desires forgiveness for gunman James Holmes?

Aurora Colorado Gunman - Forgiveness

In this YouTube video I took note when it said Justin’s faith tells him the killer deserves forgiveness.

“We should just forgive.” Justin said. “I mean, we don’t know what he’s going through, we don’t know why he did it.”

Just to preface my comments, it’s not my intent to judge Justin. I have no idea what internal turmoil he may be going thru from his experience.

For me, forgiveness is a personal thing. If something is tearing me up inside with anger or rage, then I can see forgiveness as a means to release and let go. Carrying emotional baggage around only hurts me in the long run and can hold me back from feeling a greater sense of freedom and peace.

Openly “forgiving” perpetrators in situations where one has not been personally harmed in any way, to me seems out of place.

I think there is a difference between the type of forgiveness that one experiences in a private way as a means of freeing themselves of a burden, and forgiveness that is touted openly as something we should do because the bible says so, or as a means to look more righteous in the public eye.

Dennis Prager makes some interesting observations in his article from 1997, “The Sin of Forgiveness”

Forgiveness by Parent of Ohio Shooting Victim

I find this article admirable. It takes something uncommon in human spirit to openly forgive as parents of Ohio school shooting victim, Demetrius Hewlin, did.

Forgiveness by Parent of Ohio Shooting Victim

There are things to learn from experiences like these. It’s always good to see a positive light in the shadow of dark events.

God bless you Phyllis Ferguson, for your cherished example in this difficult circumstance.