It has been less than a week since Victoria Flores Zavala last saw her youngest sons alive.
Police said the boys’ father, Isidro Zavala, strangled the boys last Saturday, telling his estranged wife she would be forced to suffer their loss. Then he killed himself.
But the Boynton Beach mother seems ready to forgive.
During Friday’s funeral services for Eduardo, 12, Marco, 11 and Isidro Zavala, 45, Victoria Zavala made no mention of the tragedy, choosing instead to remember the good thin
How do you forgive someone when every fiber of your being resists? How do you look at them lovingly when you still have the memory of their unloving action?
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
Up until my early 20s, I carried around a lot of anger toward someone in my life. I’d been hurt by a person I trusted, and for a long time in my adolescence I wanted to hurt them back.
I lived in painful stories and in visions of what could ha
Psychologist Everett Worthington Jr., a pioneer researcher in the field of forgiveness, constructed a 5-step model to facilitate the process of forgiveness. It is one of the techniques most favored by counselors specializing in forgiveness and reconciliation. Worthington has endured one of the most horrific traumas that a person ever experiences. His heroic struggle in coming to terms with such a brutal event and subsequent forgiveness of the perpetrators should be an inspiration to all.
In April 2010, the Fetzer Institute hosted a group of writers at our private retreat center. Poets, novelists, teachers, musicians, and artists; this engaging group came together to share their views on love, forgiveness, compassion, and the creative spirit.
Naseem Rakha describes what drew her towards the subject of forgiveness and how important it was for her to witness the effects firsthand.
Throughout the course of our lives, we are subject to fail -- sometimes with notice, sometimes without. More times than not, as human beings we inherently seek to do the right thing. But occasionally, because of some unforeseen turn in this superhighway called life, we fail to recognize and adhere to the signs warning us of dangerous curves ahead and plow headlong through the straw bales, catapulting off the cliff like the racer in the recent Geico pig commercial.
Regardless, the damage is d