Five Word Weekly Challenge — He’s My Brother

I’m his brother, for crissake.
He made a fortune in cryptocurrency.
He knows I’m close to insolvent.
But will he even offer me a crumb to help me out?
The simple truth is that he has no heart
He has no soul.
He’s on a whole nother level of despicable.

Written for Greg’s Five Word Weekly Challenge. The words are simple, level, crumb, fortune, and solvent.

Truthful Tuesday — Forgive and Forget

Di, of Pensitivity101, is our host for Truthful Tuesday. This week Di wants to know:

Do you forgive and forget, remember but dismiss it as unimportant, or does it depend on the circumstances?

Someone you know — maybe someone you love — has “done you wrong.” You’re upset, angry, and hurt. You’ve been betrayed. A trust has been broken. Is it even possible to forgive and forget?

I don’t think so. Not both.

Everyone make mistakes. I know I have. I’m sure you have, too. I can say that with certainty because none of us is perfect. To err is human, right? The unfortunate truth is that you can’t change the past. Once words have been spoken, they can’t be unspoken. Once deeds have been done, they can’t be undone.

Alexander Pope said that to forgive is “divine.” Depending upon the circumstances, that can be really hard. What you can do is focus on the present and strive for a better future. While it may be difficult, frustrating, and even painful, it’s for your own benefit to be forgiving.

And then there’s forgetting. Forgetting is not only pretty close to impossible without undergoing a frontal lobotomy, it’s probably not even a very wise thing to do. If you forget something that has caused you pain, how can you learn from that experience? How can you grow?

You may want to forget, but you can’t. I have accepted that people may forgive, but are unlikely to forget the pain and the hurt. But over time, that pain and hurt will diminish, and if I wish to salvage my relationship with someone who has “done me wrong,” I need to find a way to deal with it, and that means genuinely forgiving the person who hurt you.

And that’s what is so hard about “forgive and forget.” The former is hard to do; the latter is impossible to do. As Hungarian-American psychiatrist Thomas Szasz noted, a wise person won’t try to do both.

Fandango’s Story Starter #97

It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you a “teaser” sentence or sentence fragment and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that sentence/fragment. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing.

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

As Kevin was boarding the bus, he knew he was heading back to the one place he hoped he’d never have to see again.

If you care to write and post a story built from this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what your fellow bloggers do with their stories.

And most of all, have fun.