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Letter to the editor: Showing forgiveness is an act of strength

Jamestown,North Dakota 58401
Jamestown North Dakota 121 3rd St NW 58401

As I was driving north on First Avenue past the Arts Park, I noticed a sapling in the park broken in half, completely doubled over about halfway up the trunk. I immediately imagined someone had broken it in half. My immediate reaction was anger, and I said a couple curse words to myself.

The truth is I don’t know how the tree came to be broken in half.

Aggression is an act of weakness. Anger is a feeling of weakness. Responding to aggression with anger perpetuates the cycle of weakness. Forgiveness is an act of strength. Strength will overcome weakness, if chosen.

It comes down to a choice.

If the tree were broken in half in an act of aggression, I choose to respond with forgiveness — slowing a cycle of weakness and beginning a cycle of strength.