Hancock International College instructors are quite forgiving when our ESL students need help or encounter speedbumps learning English. English however can be quite unforgiving. says, “…The Lesson: Do you find it difficult to forgive other people? Are you wondering why is it so difficult to go on with your life after something bad has happened to you? Once you have been hurt, the fear that you could be hurt again will always follow you – but in order to avoid letting this fear control your life, you need to stop running away from it and face it so as to make space for something greater and bigger in your life.

…Vishen Lakhiani tells us why it is so important to forgive people, how can we practice forgiveness and what great effects this simple – but still difficult act of radical forgiveness – can have on our lives.

Notable Excerpt: ‘Sometimes, the world, the universe, God, or however you want to call it, gives you these moments of stress so you can rise above them … Michael Beckwith calls these kensho moments. Kensho moments are moments where you grow from pain. Something happens – maybe your health breaks down, you end up in a hospital – but you grow from that, you learn to appreciate your body. Another philosophy I think of is the phrase hurt people hurt people, which simply means that everybody who hurts you is doing it because at some level, they were hurt themselves. They were just passing it on, but you have the ability to cut that code and stop the hurt, so you don’t continue passing it on. Think about human history and how nations fight nations for generations, because of this crazy ideal that hurt people hurt people, but we can forgive, we can move on.’”

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Idiom of the Day

To Err is Human (to Forgive is Divine)

Meaning: Being fallible and making mistakes is inherent to being a human, and forgiving such mistakes is a transcendent act.

Example: Iknow you’re mad at your brother because he lied, but to err is human, you know. To forgive is divine.