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Monday, September 8, 2008

Pagan Virtues -- Forbearance

Monday, September 8, 2008
Continuing on in my series in Pagan Virtues we come to the virtue of forbearance. So what, exactly, is forbearance? Well it is the art of self-control. Yes, I know short answer but it is the easiest to say.
Forbearance is the act of restraining oneself and not giving into our baser natures. It is what keeps us from being vicious and cruel and allows us to show compassion and love.
All good parents already teach this to their children whether they call it that or not. We teach our kids the difference between right and wrong. Some of us probably even say to them, "control yourselves."
On another level forbearance becomes the act of letting things go. To not hold grudges or to turn the other cheek. Now this doesn't mean that we should let the world walk all over us, but rather that we should not be ruled by our anger and our hate. Rather that we do not act as the world acts. One of the greatest lessons I have learned, was through becoming a Conservative. This lesson was that no one has any power over you except that which we give them. I believe that if many of us can learn this, then the world will become a better place.
If we hold a grudge against someone or we hate them in our hearts then they have been given the power to upset us. And it is us that has given them this power.
It is time for us to ourselves take this power back and to teach our children to never give it. Let us have forbearance and hold in faith that all will be the way it is supposed to be.
Blessed Be!
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