Azim Khamsia received a phone call from the police that his son was shot while delivering a pizza. A friend came to his house very quickly to comfort him. After the investigator left, Azim’s friend said, “I hope they find those b——s and fry them.” Azim said, “I don’t feel that way. There were victims at both ends of that gun.” Azim founded a non-profit group dedicated to ending youth violence, he invited the killers parents to join him. Azim said that the decision to start the foundation came from his soul not his rational mind.
There is a detrimental physical and psychological effect of stress and anger. Nelson Mandela said, “resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for your enemy to die.” The effects of forgiveness include relief from high blood pressure, heart problems and mood disorders. Forgiveness is replacing negative feelings about an offender with more positive or neutral ones. It is not condoning or pardoning the person. Forgiveness is not something we should do to be “good”, but rather a crucial skill in the pursuit of a healthy, fulfilling life.
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Ron Winnegrad has been a Perfumer and teacher for 46 years. As a perfumer, Ron has been able to express the world he sees through a rainbow of olfactive and emotive visions. As a teacher, Ron has helped others to see fragrance through his own multi sensorial lens.