Monday, February 3, 2014


To my son Tommy,

Moral consequences are only inevitable in fiction.  In reality, it seems karma is not the big "B" it is supposed to be, or at least it doesn't show itself on a punctual time table.  To be haunted by a telltale heart, a person has to have some conscience or some knowledge of how wrong they are.  In literature it always seems the villain goes to jail while the hero lives happily ever after.  You only have to look at big business or politics and their members to realize that is not always the case.

I tell you this not so you will become one of those scoundrels who doesn't worry about consequences, for you have too much moral fiber and too much goodness in you to become one of those.  Rather, I warn you of this so you do not become consumed waiting and watching for those other types to get their comeuppance.  Life can pass you by waiting and wishing for some ne'er-do-well to get what's coming to them and in the end it may not happen in this earthly lifetime.  And what will that get you?

That is why we practice forgiveness.  It is the gift that gives to both parties.  It frees your heart and your mind for those things in life that are much more important.  When you forgive, you rise above our petty human nature and mirror the divine.  It is one of the hardest but one of the most rewarding actions you will ever have to do.  Practice it well and practice it often.

Sincerely with love from your dad,

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