TIPS & REFLECTIONS

A series of short articles on everything, from practical ways of getting things done, to how to handle your feelings and find peace in a hectic world.

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103. On Forgiveness

As I write there is a conference going on at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. It is entitled Forgiveness: The Great Undoing. Anger and hatred towards people who have done us wrong lies at the foundation of most wars, most acts of violence, and a great deal of human suffering. This happens at the interface of our personal relationships too, often in small, hidden ways, however civilised we think we are. Everybody knows that forgiveness is good, so why is it so hard? This week's tip explores. 'The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong' Gandhi Last weekend Ii went to see Hannah Arendt, a

102. What's Right With Being Wrong?

I'm on a retreat this week so I've delved into my archive and chosen this one to send you. While self-esteem is a great thing, accepting our fallibility might be even greater. ---------------------------------------------------------------- We have an interesting relationship with being wrong, do we not? You may notice that while other people are wrong regularly, we ourselves rarely are. You may also notice that when we are wrong, we never realise until afterwards - otherwise we would have adjusted wouldn't we? So we're never aware of being wrong in the moment. I have just finished the most fascinating book - Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz - in which