Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu, of South Africa, has started a 30 day Forgiveness program online. I signed up and I’m now into the fourth day. I’m learning a lot from this man who appears to be an uncomplicated soul.
He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984: the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986; the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987; the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999; the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. He has also compiled several books of his speeches and sayings.
I’m learning about forgiving others and about forgiving myself, as well.
This online event is going on all over the world.
Today, I felt very peaceful being outdoors with my fellow AmeriCorps workers. We attended a community garden and helped a program of developmentally disabled folks, in a program called Hope, tend to the garden. It was refreshing to be outside, and touching to be of help with the people in the Hope program.
One person I met, not in the Hope program but in the veteran’s transition program, and the chairman of its plot in the community garden, was proud of the garden he tends. It turns out he was released from Soledad prison after serving 18 years for murdering someone while he was drunk.
Forgiveness and working with adults needing recognition as a productive member of our society, went hand in hand today.
I am the blessed one.