"To begin to live in the present, we must first atone for our past and be finished with it." — Anton Chekhov
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The word atonement is derived from words meaning reconcile, harmony, and oneness, and today it generally refers to making reparations for wrongdoings. We cannot go through life without making mistakes—it’s simply an inherent part of the human experience.
Yet when we lack the willingness to atone for these missteps, we become discouraged with disharmony and separation from the important people in our lives, while also risking stains to our integrity and character.
And yet, when you are willing to sacrifice temporary comfort in favor of suffering the pains of climbing the high road to atonement, you’ll discover that the harmony and oneness you gain in exchange for your efforts of reconciliation far outweigh the costs—for the reward is a return to right relations with the world around you.
The question becomes, what have you done to atone for your past mistakes?
And how have these efforts impacted your relationships?
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Jonas Cain, M.Ed. is a storyteller, magician, musician, and facilitator of fascination on a mission to help you experience abiding joy.