ARE YOUR POTATOES HEAVY?

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 refused 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 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 was 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, and it clearly is for ourselves!

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