Forgiveness is a choice: A Step-by-Step Process for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope
The passage that I find to be intriguing is the one where the author talks of the impact of hopelessness. In this passage, the author describes how Mary Ann was dragged into a situation of despondency and how she decided to escape it by neglecting the children and watching the clock at night (Enright, 2001, p.67). The author adds that when she sought the help of her husband concerning taking care of her children, her husband retorted that she was a bad wife. These aspects compounded the misery that Mary Ann had and she found it difficult to deal with the situation as a whole. It is because of these challenges that Mary Ann was experiencing that made it impossible for her to address the issues that were affecting the lives of her children (Enright, 2001, p.68).
This passage enlightened me in the sense that, I am able to understand how the lack of support can end up complicating situations. For example, instead of her husband helping Mary Ann to improve the lives of their children, he decided to blame and label her a bad wife. Lack of support from her husband causes Mary Ann more problems yet her husband is the one who should be helping her. This made Mary Ann to feel bad and be more confused about the situation (Enright, 2001, p.68). The passage is informative since from it, I am able to understand how individuals surrounding a person can aggravate an individual’s problem instead of being helpful and supportive. It is important to offer support to those who are experiencing life challenges.
Enright, R. D. (2001). Forgiveness is a choice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.