Monday, June 26, 2006

Something I Want to Remember

Quoted from the BBC Thought for the Day (6/04/06) as said by a Spanish priest returning to Rwanda following the genocide 12 years ago. "And in an extreme situation like this, forgiveness is not an act of the intellect, or even of the heart; it is an act of will. You have to choose it if you want to move on."

It occurs to me these words are true not only of forgiveness. Many important decisions I make require an act of my will especially the things I do not "feel" like doing. Often my intellect can find me ways around those things inconvenient to me. I call it making excuses. Often my anger, frustration, melancholy and pride motivate my actions or inaction. But to do what I know to be right takes my will.