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As I approach a new year, I have new resolutions and new priorities. Time with old friends and new. Why do we choose New Year’s as a time to reflect and start anew? I have worked in EMS for more than 20 years and I always asked my patients as they were ready to cross over to the other side, “What would you have done differently in your time here?” The ironic thing is almost 90 percent said they would have forgiven more. The answer I expected was to have loved more, traveled more, save more money, retired earlier, but no, it was to forgive more.
I reflect on my life and that isn’t a priority of mine. I want to be a better mother, a better daughter, a better Christian. I feel as if the patients who I asked this question had a lot more insight as to what they would have changed, and I hope this letter makes you pause, look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, “How can I forgive more?”
It isn’t easy to turn the other cheek, however, I hope you can try every day to not wait until your time draws near to forgive, to love, to remember that we were made in God’s image. And if he didn’t know forgiveness, can you imagine where we would be?
Lisa Michelle Fuller