I can elect to change all thoughts that hurt.
There is a difference between denial and forgiveness. Denial doesn’t recognize and acknowledge the problem. Forgiveness recognizes, acknowledges, and rises above the problem in such a way that the mind and soul are healed. It is forgiveness that changes all thoughts that hurt.
In Alcoholic Anonymous it is suggested in step eleven that we improve our conscious contact with the Divine through prayer and meditation. This improvement comes from changing our focus from the world of the ego which is separation and divisiveness to the world of the Spirit which is love and Oneness. In simpler terms, we can choose hell or heaven.
In Unitarian Universalism we join together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person which, most of the time, we choose not to see. We get blinded by resentments, grievances, and fear. As today’s lesson teaches us, we can elect to change the thoughts that hurt.
Today, many times during the day, it is suggested that we pause and reflect on the choice we have. Would we see hell or heaven, fear and attack, or forgiveness and love?