The Quotidian, August 21, 2010 ~ Forgiveness

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” ~ Paul Boese

Boese is an American television producer.

[Source for quotation: ‘littlebuddha’ on Twitter, August 20, 2010. Verified through use of, accessed August 20, 2010].

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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4 Responses to The Quotidian, August 21, 2010 ~ Forgiveness

  1. So true, but so hard to do.

  2. Yes, but so essential to our wellbeing. If we can….

    Reminded me of:

    “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” ~ Native American Proverb

    Something I’ve struggled with much of my life.

    Thanks Carolyn. Blessings, Andy

  3. C. R. Lanei says:

    I would say that forgiveness is a vague idea. Some people choose to forget rather than to forgive. Forgiveness is something which is only ours to give, thus it is something that most people weigh very carefully. And when forgiveness is needed it is typically because something perceived as horrible has been done by the other party. So we weigh the value of what we lose with what we gain by forgiving. But the value of either differs dramatically between individuals–thus why I say it is a vague idea.

    I don’t dislike the quote but forgiveness is one of those concepts that is so deeply personal that though the intent is noble the application is far more nuanced. The benefit to both parties is also varied. I say this because I think that it is through understanding those nuances that people find the way to create an enlarged future not through forgiveness alone.

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