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Deal with your past to have peace in the present.

As it is the norm, on a Monday I post something inspirational. Take it along with you for the week. The aim is not to sound too preachy. Here goes…

My father has 9 children, of which I am the youngest. Most of my father’s relationships did not work out due to the fact that he was physically abusive. I experienced him beat my mother once. It is an image that is imprinted on my mind. Nevertheless, I forgave my dad at a young age. My mother insisted, because over all, he is not a bad person. I’m glad my mother made a point of ensuring that I had a relationship with my father even after their relationship ended.

One of my sisters, who is older than me, however has not forgiven him. She does not speak to him and despite my advice, does not wish to have anything to do with him. Understandably so. But despite that, I’d like to share the advice I gave her. Hopefully it will help you.

Many times, current stress is a result of past baggage that we walk around with day in, day out. Confronting such issues is essential. Deal with it, don’t pass it by because it never goes away. I’ve come to terms with the fact that we can’t change the past, but the only hope for true peace is to face it at its worst, to seek to forgive, to be forgiven, to make amends and to be reconciled.

Remember, forgiveness is for yourself. So that YOU can be free.

Peace and love!

Article written by:

Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.


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  1. yalandarose

    yep, forgiveness is freedom from the hurt and pain to make room for a baggage of peace.

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