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The Caregiver’s Corner

To Support and Celebrate Family Caregivers

by Barbara Gaughen-Muller

“Forgiveness can bring love into a world of uncertainty” was the headline which caught my attention immediately as I opened my morning newspaper. I began to read:

Dear Abby: Several years ago you printed a poem about forgive- ness… but over time I seemed to have lost it. Could you please run this piece again?

Dear Daniela: I’m glad to oblige. The poem you have requested, “Decide to Forgive,” was written by the late Robert Muller, for- mer assistant Secretary-general of the United Nations ….

My late husband in Dear Abby! The same brilliant man who wrote 20+ books, served at the United Nations, won numerous awards, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 23 times, became a victim of Alzheimer’s and memory loss. As I read I remembered, as his caregiver, how many times a day I had to forgive Robert, forgive myself and, at times, it was his poetry that kept me going, especially his poem now in Dear Abby.

DECIDE TO FORGIVE

by Robert Muller (www.robertmuller.com)

Decide to forgive
For resentment is negative
Resentment is poisonous
Resentment diminishes and devours the self. Be the first to forgive,
To smile and to take the first step
And you will see happiness bloom
On the face of your human brother or sister. Be always the first
Do not wait for others to forgive
For by forgiving
You become the master of fate
The fashioner of life
A doer of miracles.
To forgive is the highest,
Most beautiful form of love.
In return you will receive
Untold peace and happiness.