If you’ve read many of my blog posts you know that I am a proponent of forgiveness. I am also someone who believes in telling people the truth about how I feel if I think they are doing the wrong thing.
However, I mess up a lot. I’m not always the best at saying what I want to say to others and I usually don’t go about it the way I probably should. And sometimes it’s not my place to tell anyone what they are doing that I feel is wrong or harmful to them. But when I am in a relationship, whether it’s friendship, work, or family, I do believe that what another person does effects me and that gives me the right to speak my mind.
Relationships are difficult. I don’t think that I do them all that well. And I often expect too much from people. I am also not that forgiving; it takes me a while to let go when someone hurts me.
Recently I spent time with a great friend, one who I had hurt with my words a few years ago. I apologized for the hurt right after it happened, but circumstances have not allowed us to spend time together since then. I felt her forgiveness even though we didn’t discuss it.
Forgiveness and love don’t have to be discussed when actions speak louder than words.
My friend, Cheryl Mauldin, who is the best photographer in the world, spent some time taking photos of me last Saturday. The intent is to use my favorite for my bio picture on the book cover for Living Life Inside Out. And she did it with love and that shows. I also know because of her giving me the gift of her photography, that I’ve been forgiven.
So … to update: I am making progress on the book. I’ve got part of it back from my editor and I am beginning to work on the cover layout. I still have no idea when it will be ready, but of course, I will let everyone know. I’m trying to enjoy the process and not push and stress over it because then it’s just not fun. There are enough deadlines and pressures at work.
Check out Cheryl’s wonderful photography at www.mauldinphotography.blogspot.com/. You can also peek at a few of the pictures she took of me under the blog: Barb Kampbell, Author.