2] Unload Your “Sack of Potatoes”

A teacher once told each of her students to bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes to school. For every person they refuse to forgive in their life’s experience, they chose a potato, wrote on it the name and date, and put it in the plastic bag. Some of their bags were quite heavy.

They were then told to carry this bag with them everywhere for one week, putting it beside their bed at night, on the car seat when driving, next to their desk at work.

The hassle of lugging this sack around with them made it clear what a weight they were carrying spiritually, and how they had to pay attention to it all the time to not forget and keep leaving it in embarrassing places. Naturally, the condition of the potatoes deteriorated to a nasty smelly slime. This, in turn, made them unpleasant to be around.

It didn’t take long for each of the students to figure out that getting rid of the potatoes was much more important than carrying them around.  This is a great metaphor for the price we pay for keeping our pain and heavy negativity! Too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person.  Forgiveness clearly is for ourselves!

I don’t know the source of this story, and I do not remember the first person who made it available to me, therefore I am ever “paying it forward”.   Let go of hurt feelings, resentments and regrets.  Replace such thoughts with forgiveness understanding and even love.  This may take some practice.  It will absolutely be worth it.

WHEN YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES” – Clifton McKnight.  Pre-published excerpt.  2 of 5

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