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RIPPLE EFFECT

nice blue droplet splashing in a clean water

Oh, I am sorry, forgive me,
I said,
I didn’t mean to be–

thoughtless, unkind, rude.

So, forgive me, for those
things I said or did.
I didn’t mean anything.
Just joking.
Just kidding.

I hurt your feelings?
Don’t be so sensitive!
Couldn’t you tell I was being–
funny?

And then someone called me “bossy”
in the most teasing sort of tone.
I knew he meant
pushy, aggressive, ambitious.
Someone else commented
–oh so kindly–
on my weight,
wondering what I was doing
to get into shape.
There have been other asides
I won’t quote,
words intended to be droll, I must note,
not cutting or demeaning
or­­­–
hurtful.
Two lessons from life’s journey:

One,
if it tears down rather than builds up,
don’t say it–

Two,
forgive careless words
spoken by others.

Be a pebble of kindness in the pond of life,
creating ripples of forgiveness.

 

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About Sharon Vander Meer (243 Articles)
Sharon Vander Meer is an author and professional writer. Her work is available through online retailers. One Roof Publishing Magazine is an eclectic foray into what the author finds interesting, quirky and fun. To submit an article for consideration e-mail fsvandermeer@gmail.com. In the subject line type SUBMISSION.

2 Comments on RIPPLE EFFECT

  1. Oh so true, oh so wise, oh so hard to do at times (the forgiving part).

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  2. Kathy allen // August 5, 2016 at 7:24 am //

    Thought-provoking.

    Sent from my iPhone

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    Liked by 1 person

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