Un­for­giv­ing Fi­jians

Anasa Tawake, Suva

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

For the past few days we have been ex­posed to is­sues of un­for­give­ness from our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers through the me­dia; politics aside, bud­get aside, free ed­u­ca­tion aside, rugby aside, etc, etc.

Politi­cians take note: You must heal in or­der to lead. You have to let go of the things that have hurt you to en­sure that they don’t rise up and cause pain to some­one else. I re­alised that meant that lead­ers have to for­give. The most in­spir­ing lead­ers I know aren’t in­ter­ested in win­ning—they’re in­ter­ested in suc­ceed­ing. I think it’s cru­cial to re­mem­ber that some­times suc­cess is not pos­si­ble if we in­sist on win­ning. There is no weak­ness in for­give­ness. In fact, I think that lead­er­ship of­ten be­gins only where for­give­ness be­gins. I won­der what val­ues are be­ing in­cul­cated by our politi­cians into our fu­ture gen­er­a­tion.

Is it, let’s breed a gen­er­a­tion of un­for­giv­ing Fi­jians?

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