Flo's rationale made sense to me (General Discussion)

by q, Wednesday, October 09, 2019, 3:16PM (14 days ago) @ slyster

Today Flo said she wanted to help her aunt. Then she said she & her mom were estranged from that side of the family & she hoped that if she could donate her kidney & do something good for her family it would not necessarily lead them to forgive her, but said "maybe I could start to forgive myself".

That hit home with me. Wonder if any of you have felt the same way? When I was in my teens & 20s I was a very different person than I am today. Hurt a LOT of people I loved, some were unintentional, some as a consequence of the lifestyle I led then, others just because I didn't value what I had. Later, when I straightened out I was able to mend relationships, be there for family members in need, and as a consequence I gradually learned to forgive myself for the mess my life had once become & how I hurt my family.

So I "get" Flo in that respect & also for her wanting to be anonymous.

I know exactly what you're talking about. That happened to an uncle of mine. The hurt he caused his mother and others almost killed her. Then he met a wonderful woman and he became a different man. Successful at work, nice home and beautiful children. He was the first in the family to help others. Right before he died so many that he hurt were there for him. He was at peace knowing he was forgiven.

Happy for you. Keep it up!

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