Tuesday, January 30, 2018

On forgiveness.

“I wondered if that was how forgiveness works. . . not with the fanfare of epiphany but with pain gathering its things, packing up and leaving in the middle of the night."

- from “The Kite Runner”

Just finished re-experiencing the exquisitely painful book “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. It was just as beautiful yet totally different this time. For this second round, I listened to it over Audible, hearing the author’s own narration. Just as before, I am gasping and tearful with the book’s final words. 
This particular quote near the end struck me so hard. I don’t remember it from before. That’s what’s so cool about returning to stories you’ve already known. You hear them with new ears. I’m sharing this today for someone pledging allegiance to a hurt or a grudge. Remember: when we least expect it, pain can tip-toe away like a thief in the night. And once it does, it’s up to us to let it go.
I kind of think life is like that. Just a series of forgivenesses waiting to happen. I think that’s why I love this book so much. And why I love people so much, too. We are all broken. But mostly? We are good. We are.
That is all. 


  1. Nice to see you! I loved that book when I read it years ago. Perhaps I should listen to it as well. And that’s a good prompt about letting go if grudges. How’s the family?

  2. Nice to see your posts! I think I should stop reading new books and just reread my favorites. I remember Kite Runner affecting me very deeply but can remember so little of it years later. I just grazed an article about why we don't remember the books we read, or in my case the reviews I wrote too - it seems we have word fatigue and are processing hundreds of thousands of words a day. So it's ok not to remember so we can rediscover them. Thanks for your words, I'm happy to read them. I'm trying extra hard to let go and be here now.

    1. Hi Mel! I love rereading books. I’m now experiencing them all on Audible. It’s been amazing. This one was sublime. I realize how many words I’d mispronounced!

  3. I love rereading my favorite books. I use them like medicine. There are certain books for certain ailments.

    And forgiveness, it just takes time I think. The same with pain and grief that goes along with it. Time slowly eases the pain until one day you realize that you spent a whole day without hurting. Perhaps that is the night that it packs it's bag and disappears into the dark. I find it returns often over time but that each visit is shorter and less painful than the last. Does that make sense?

    1. Makes total sense. I’m happy to hear from you.❤️


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