By Dr. Ani Kalayjian


Forgiving means freeing oneself
of the chains of anger,
unlocking the locks of resentment, and
undoing the cycles of hatred.

I challenge you to love the truth,
But to know how to forgive, for
“He who cannot forgive
breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass;” George Herbert
And because
‘Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds
on the heels that has crushed it.” Mark Twain

As we approach a new millennium,
let’s help each other to forgive, and
to become stronger and more centered,
and conquer all obstacles,
transcending our understanding
and reaching new heights;
Since “When one helps another,
both are strong;” Swedish Proverb
and since “The greater the obstacle,
the more glory in overcoming it.” Moliere

With love and forgiveness
we will help one another
to break the cycles of violence,
and to prevent
future genocides,
by reasserting our humanness.