We wrapped up last week with meeting Eddie's third person in heaven as well as learning more about his relationship with his father.
It seems that Eddie hated his father for ruining his life. Even after his father's death, Eddie could never seem to let go of the anger he held towards his father; in fact, Eddie was so angry with his father after his death, that is seemed to still ruin Eddie's happiness.
One of the most important lessons we can learn in life is just how important it is to release anger and grant forgiveness. Remember, there is always more than one side to a story. In fact, Ruby tells Eddie: "Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. … hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.” (141) Here, Ruby is trying to teach Eddie that he must let go of the anger he harbors for his father. Ruby tells Eddie that no one is born with anger; then when we die the soul needs to free itself of it. This quote gives insight to one of the reasons why Eddie was so miserable on earth: he lived his life holding so much anger and hatred for his father that he, in turn, cast hatred upon himself and lived his life sad and frustrated.
Consider your own lives. Maybe it is time to grant forgiveness to that person in your lives. The only way to move on is to let go.
P.S. Keep an eye out for a possible vocab quiz this week! : - )
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