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One of the four principles in attracting positive energy is to practice forgiveness. This column is a
platform for purging the negative emotions we hold for those who have wronged us. Take back
your power, forgive, and move on to a better life and the best you!
I have been living in my suburban neighborhood for about 15 years. We were fortunate enough
to be able to purchase a new home, along with everyone else in the subdivision, and had
become part of a community that had children the same age as ours. For the most part we
were all at the same income level and had common interests. This situation would have been
utopia if not for one of my next door neighbors. Although standoffish from the start, I was willing
to accept them for who they were and be my usual friendly self.
Problems with this couple arose after the first year. One morning after cutting my lawn, the
husband approached me and said that I had mowed some of his grass. After surveying the
area, I noticed I may have encroached by a half foot, and told him I would be more careful.
Several times after hearing this same complaint, I bit the bullet and waited for his landscapers
to finish his lawn. Only then would I proceed to mow that “questionable” section of my lawn.
This is just one example of how petty this couple has been to me and other people through the
years. I mean these folks even have the magical ability to identify their fall leaves from others.
And we all have the same trees!
Several years ago we had an informal block party and extended an invitation to this couple, and
of course, they declined which was fine by me. During the afternoon, several of the children,
mine included, did chalk drawings on the pavement in front of our homes and unfortunately
included the walk in front of the complainer’s home. Also, some trash blew on to their front
yard. I believe it was four unused napkins and a plastic bread wrapper. Near the end of the
day, a police car pulled up and the officer informed me that he had a complaint about the chalk
drawings and litter. Although there was no specific person named, the officer asked if I would
be the bigger person and wash the art from in front of the complainer’s house and pick up the
garbage, so I obliged. I was furious for the next couple of weeks and although I was surprised
by their actions I shouldn’t have been.
After taking time to reflect on these people, and their unfriendly behavior, I realized that I have a
great life, while they are living a shallow existence. Although I know I can never be friendly with
these people, I will continue to be cordial. I forgive them for their petty actions. After all, I am the
lucky one; my happiness does not depend on the condition of my lawn or property. My
happiness depends – on me.
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