Relationships are torn apart, friendships tarnished, families turn their backs on each other. The root of all this is noble self-esteem; pride. People are too proud to see their acts as wrongful, too proud to go back on their words and too proud to apologise. No matter how simple it is for one to say the five letter word ‘sorry’, when pride steps in the way, one becomes too ‘matured’ to apologise. The biggest immaturity of a person is never learning to acknowledge mistakes made.
A simple argument transgresses into a fight between loved ones because one is too proud to ask for forgiveness. We end up becoming enemies due to one of us pride-ingly disagreeing to accept that they made a mistake. Malcolm X said “You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” We must learn to control our personal feelings and never let pride ruin our lifelong friendships. We must never hold grudges against each other for they breed hatred in our hearts. Resentment, revenge, retaliation and the likes should never be a solution to arguments.
Whenever you feel offended by someone, sit that person down and address the issue for the sake of love and peace. And if someone sits you down to tell you that you’ve wronged him/her, be the bigger person and try finding possible solutions to the problem with that person. Abraham Lincoln once said “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Let us all learn to acknowledge our mistakes and always be able to say sorry if we feel that we’ve wronged. John Lennon did say that peace and love are eternal, so let us do away with pride and ask for forgiveness and we’ll consequently be breeding peace amid the human race.
Learn to acknowledge your mistakes and never let pride get in the way.
GOD BLESS AFRICA