In middle school we are introduced to Issac Newton’s Laws of Motion. According to Wikipedia, these laws “describe the relationship between the forces acting on a body and its motion due to those forces.
When we are learning these things in school we all wonder “am I even going to think about this stuff when I grow up? Am I gonna use this in my everyday life”. And for the most part the answer is no. The first two laws, while pertinent, haven’t had much gravity (<——see what I did there) so many years after learning them. However, I can assure you that I, personally, think about that third law almost daily.
Here’s why – the law states that for every action there is an equal or opposite reaction. For EVERY action – everything you do and everything that is done to you – there will be an equal or adverse reaction. Newton’s Third Law is so prevalent that it has been nicknamed over time; many have referred to it as Karma, Qi, Ying and Yang, Scales of Justice, etc. So no matter how you manipulate it the overall message remains the same. Every incident has repercussions, good or bad. Equal or opposite. It’s the nature of the universe.
So what does any of this have to do with the price of gas in your neighborhood? I am glad you asked. This lesson in grade school science is about choices. Make the decision to choose your reaction. According to the law, there will be a reaction either way. Make the decision to choose yours.
Forgiveness is the single most rewarding of all reactions. Yet, so many of us do not understand how truly freeing it is. To forgive simply means to conclude resentment – that is the literal definition. For some reason we don’t get that it is never about that person or that pain; it is about letting go. Let it go. If you touch something hot and it burns you, what do you do? Let it go. Why can’t our forgiveness be that instinctive?
If an action has hurt you, chose the opposite reaction. Choose to forgive and let go. One of the most valuable decisions you can make is to forgive. Today.