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So Who do I love, and what are you doing about it?

When someone dies (I just found out few days ago that a friend of mine who was in Brazil working on a new set for the reality TV Show Survivor drown after he and some friends went swimming in a lake, so I’ve been thinking about this a lot), you realize that you never know how much time you have with the people you love. They can go at any time — as can you. And so you must make the most of this time.

Here is some advice – I pray that you give it some serious thought.

If you aren’t spending time with the people you love, change that. If you are holding a chip on your shoulder against a family member, let it go and reconcile. If you’ve done something to hurt a loved one, ask for forgiveness – it does make you less of a man or woman. Drop the pride, and make up. If you haven’t seen someone in awhile, call them now to set up a date and find out how they’re doing.

I won’t try to tell you what to do before you die … but in the next few days I will suggest some questions to figure out how to live … right now. Each and every day. Because you never know how much time you have left, and trying to cram a list of things into that unknown time can be pointless. Instead, live every day to the fullest. Get the most out of life.

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My post today touches a bit on forgiveness, and how do we show compassion to those who have hurt others. Over the just concluded African liberation weekend, the Rastafarian community made yet another plea for the release of Eric ‘Zeye’ Joseph who is serving time at the Dominica State Prison.

Joseph has served twenty-seven years in prison for the murder of Ted Honychurch in 1981. Ted Honychurch was the father of noted local Historian Dr. Lennox Honychurch who was press secretary to the Dominica Freedom Party government at the time of his father’s death.

Speaking recently on State radio, Dr.Honychurch said his family has come to reality of the lost his father and are not opposing the release of Mr. Joseph.

That’s a great level of forgiveness and compassion instilled by the Honychurch family. This is the kind of compassion I’m sorry to say lacks greatly in our Dominican society today. To many times have I seen feud between families carry-on for years.

So how do you show compassion to those who have hurt others? I’d no clue where to begin 😕 . I decided to search the internet for what I believe is the best suitable answer or explanation. After hours of browsing through many different websites, I came across this answer by his holiness The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet – who at the time was addressing a crowd of 65,000 college students from the different colleges around Washington D.C. The Dalai Lama was posed this question:

Q: How do you show compassion to those who have hurt others?

A: With understanding. Understanding the relationship between all living things allows unbiased compassion to all others. People who have hurt others particularly need compassion for two reasons. One, they work against your goal for overarching peace. Secondly, they are probably hurt themselves as they hurt others, so they need more compassion to heal their hurt within.Read it again.

How do you show you compassion to others? Or are you incapable of showing compassion to those who have hurt you in one way or the other. Let’s hear your say.

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