How doors to harmonious relationships have been opened in history

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Relationship Repair

 

President Abraham Lincoln was descended from S...

President Abraham Lincoln was descended from Samuel Lincoln, and was of English and Welsh ancestry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Relationship Repair

Throughout history, humans have always pondered the basic question of how to repair a broken relationship.  It matters not who is involved, or how the break occurred, or when the rupture took place.  What matters is taking responsibility for the first step.  We can’t direct the steps of others, but we can take charge of our own decisions to move forward.  For example, President Lincoln, at the end of the Civil War, knew he must act to reunite a nation of people who struggled with feelings of bitter hatred.  He stepped forward and designed a reconstruction policy that would bring the nation together.  Each of us, In our own personal relationships, must consider our options, and then take action to repair or replace.

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“I still believe people are really good at heart.” Anne Frank

Anne Frank was only 15 years old when she died in 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Memorial for Margot and Anne Frank at the form...

Memorial for Margot and Anne Frank at the former Bergen-Belsen site, along with floral and pictorial tributes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Despite her shortened life, Anne had witnessed the very pit of human degradation.  She saw what mankind can wreak upon fellow humans.

Photo of mass graves at Bergen Belsen concentr...

Photo of mass graves at Bergen Belsen concentration camp, 1945. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In her diary, Anne wrote:

“There’s in people simply an urge to destroy, an urge to kill, to murder and rage, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated, and grown will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to start all over again. (May 3, 1944)

If you have ever read Anne’s diary, The Diary of a Young Girl (1947), or seen any of the plays or movies based on her diary, perhaps you will never forget what you read.

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Perhaps one of most remarkable sentences she wrote in her diary was the following:

“I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are really good at heart.”

In that sentence, dear Anne Frank expressed the spark of hope that lights our way.  If Anne is right, then we know we can learn to respect and love each other in all of our relationships.  No matter what dilemma or dispute we may experience with someone else, if we remember that people are really good at heart, then we will find a way to resolve the issue peacefully.  At least we have to try.

Thank you, Anne, for your mature, thoughtful, solid, insights.

We will remember.

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Anne Frank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I still believe …” Anne Frank

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Remember: There is always hope.  We can get along with each other.  We can live in harmony.  The key is to practice respect.

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