Family Support: The Power of Forgiveness

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

One of the great human beings to have walked this planet is Mahatma Gandhi. A man of peace, he always proclaimed that peace and non-violence were the answer to resistance and in the end, his methods proved effective. He was also an advocate for living life with no regrets and always preached that people must forgive no matter what has occurred in their life.

The opposite of care and forgiveness is Trauma. According to Bessel van der Kolk, in The Body Keeps the Score, trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Such experiences inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. Sadly, trauma sufferers frequently pass on their stress to their partners and children. Drawing on more than thirty years at the forefront of research and clinical practice, Bessel van der Kolk shows that terror and isolation are at the core of trauma and literally reshape both brain and body.

“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.” Bessel A. van der Kolk

Family, and professional caregiving, give individuals the support they need to avoid the trauma of isolation and pain. Never underestimate the lasting impact of the care you give to yourself, others, and the world. It is through our community support and care that we all can thrive.

Mahatma Gandhi was born today in 1869 in Porbandar, India, and so began a life that would change the history of his country and the world for the better. After studying law, Gandhi famously advocated for the rights of Indians, ultimately becoming “Bapu,” the father of the Indian independence movement. But his non-violent activism reached far beyond his homeland, becoming a global call for the oppressed all over the world to unite and stand up for freedom and justice through peaceful protest.
Today, the power of Gandhi’s words still inspire us to change the world by changing ourselves.

Here are some of his most famous quotes:

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

“The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.”

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

“Change yourself – you are in control.”

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”

“We need not wait to see what others do.”

“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman.”
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
“Love is the strongest force the world possesses.”
“Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.”
“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”

From the Bio Archives: This article was originally published in 2014.

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