“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it” Mark Twain
During the last few weeks, I have had misgivings about my decision to lease and/or sell my beloved horse Remington. When I originally made that decision, I was coming off a year of injuries, continuous pain and a dreadful feeling that I couldn’t give him the life he deserved.
However, as time progressed, and I attempted to juggle my feelings of discontent, remorse and worry, I struggled with the deep realization that I just couldn’t part with him. And even more so, that he and I are meant to be together, true partners who can weather ups and downs, soul mates whose destinies are intertwined in much the same way the threads of a tapestry are woven together, giving strength and substance to the whole.
When I told the woman who was leasing him that Remy would be staying with me, I thought one of my biggest challenges would be facing her tremendous disappointment. Instead, (and in spite of the fact that she was very upset), I found myself mired in guilt towards my horse, unable to forgive myself for even thinking I couldn’t offer him the life he wanted. However during the many talks I’ve had with him these last couple weeks, Remington has shown not only relief, sincere and deep love, he has shown me the profound and eternal gift of forgiveness.
He has reminded me that no matter what may happen in life, forgiveness, especially forgiveness towards oneself is one of the most powerful forces in the universe.