To for­give is the most beau­ti­ful form of love

The Washington Times Daily - - Life - ABI­GAIL VAN BUREN

DEAR ABBY: Sev­eral years ago, you printed a poem about for­give­ness in your col­umn. It de­scribed very well the ben­e­fits of the prac­tice, and it was ac­com­pa­nied by a sort of “for­give­ness sched­ule” for ev­ery day of the week.

I clipped the col­umn and saved it, but over time I seem to have lost it. Could you please run this piece again? — DANIELA IN TORONTO

DEAR DANIELA: I’m glad to oblige. The poem you have re­quested, “De­cide to For­give,” was writ­ten by the now-de­ceased Robert Muller, for­mer as­sis­tant sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the United Na­tions. Now, with so much tur­moil go­ing on in the na­tion and in the world, its sen­ti­ments are par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant.

This poem is part of a col­lec­tion of let­ters, po­ems and es­says that are col­lected in my book­let “Keep­ers” be­cause so many Dear Abby readers had clipped them and con­tinue to re­quest that they be reprinted. Here is the poem you have re­quested: DE­CIDE TO FOR­GIVE De­cide to for­give For re­sent­ment is neg­a­tive Re­sent­ment is poi­sonous Re­sent­ment di­min­ishes and de­vours the self. Be the first to for­give, To smile and to take the first step And you will see hap­pi­ness bloom On the face of your hu­man brother or sis­ter. Be al­ways the first Do not wait for oth­ers to for­give For by for­giv­ing You be­come the mas­ter of fate The fash­ioner of life A doer of mir­a­cles. To for­give is the high­est, Most beau­ti­ful form of love. In re­turn you will re­ceive Un­told peace and hap­pi­ness. FRI­DAY: For­give across po­lit­i­cal lines

within your own na­tion. SATUR­DAY: For­give other na­tions. Only the brave know how to for­give. A coward never for­gives. It is not in his na­ture. Since I can­not re­print the con­tin­ual avalanche of re­quests I re­ceive for reprints, for those who de­sire them, my “Keep­ers” book­let can be or­dered by send­ing your name and mail­ing ad­dress, plus check or money or­der for $7 to: Dear Abby Keep­ers Book­let, P.O. Box 447, Mount Mor­ris, IL 61054-0447. Ship­ping and han­dling are in­cluded in the price. Many peo­ple have told me it makes a wel­come gift for new­ly­weds, new par­ents, an­i­mal lovers, those who are griev­ing, and any­one who is re­cov­er­ing from an ill­ness be­cause it’s a quick and easy read, and filled with wis­dom and hu­mor on a wide va­ri­ety of top­ics.

And here is the pro­gram for achiev­ing a truly for­giv­ing heart: SUN­DAY: For­give your­self. MON­DAY: For­give your fam­ily. TUES­DAY: For­give your friends

and as­so­ciates. WED­NES­DAY: For­give across eco­nomic

lines within your own na­tion. THURS­DAY: For­give across cul­tural lines

within your own na­tion.

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