In life I often make mistakes.
What I rarely consider is the effect my mistakes will have on people I don’t know. That might sound a little weird but every person we meet, even if its only for a second or two, we impact on their life. This in turn effects those folk they meet hence we effect folk we may never have met.
All of the interactions we have create our web of life.
If we make lots of mistakes as I do often. Then all of my mistakes end up effecting hundreds of not thousands of others.
An example of this web of life, a positive example, around 40 years ago a lovely Japanese lass came to Scotland and was the first practising member of Nichiren Buddhism here. Now there are getting close to a thousand. That lass made the causes that effected all of those folk. Even if she never met them.
Those decisions I make that are wrong also effect the people I do know. That hurts not only them but me as well. In these cases those things are harder to let yourself be forgiven for. Forgiving yourself is often the hardest thing to do but remember that web of life. Those decisions you made that started the negativity will be compounded if we don’t rectify them. In other words how we resolve an argument or disagreement is often more important than how it started.
Something else to bear in mind is –
If we are part of the web of life and we release the strand of that web we are holding then the whole web can unravel and end up just being a bundle of string.
So please no matter what happens in your life never let go of your strand of that web of life!