This past Thursday, I spent a wonderful afternoon on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii on Thanksgiving Day with my wife Orlena and our puppy Sumo. Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated in the United States and like the name implies, it is a day for giving thanks for all that we have received during the past year. I for one have had an incredibly blessed year both spiritually and worldly in all aspects of my life so Thanksgiving Day this year meant that much more for me.
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Well at first, I was a bit upset as to why someone would take my sandals since a person's footwear is kind of a personal thing, like taking someone's toothbrush or shirt to use as your own. Then, I was reminded about the teachings of Master Sha.
"Divine Forgiveness brings inner joy and inner peace to all life"
Master Sha always teaches that we always show gratitude for what we receive, and we should always have compassion for those who don't have so much in their lives and forgive them when their misfortune causes them to do things that normally they would not do.
In my case, it was obvious that whoever took my sandals needed them much more than I did and they were left unattended like someone forgot them. As soon as I offered forgiveness to whomever took my sandals, I was instantly filled with a sense of calmness and peace about what had happened.
It is so true that doing a forgiveness practice is very powerful and key to transforming all aspects of our lives. If I had remained upset about someone taking my "stuff", it would have ruined a beautiful afternoon that I had just experienced. Instead, I moved on with the knowledge that I had applied the teachings of Master Sha and it had transformed my way of thinking and allowed me to enjoy the rest of my evening with family and friends. I am very grateful for the lesson that I received on gratitude and forgiveness that day. Thank you Master Sha