What does reconciliation look like?

Reconciliation is shown when people are hurt but they forgive those who hurt them. If someone is bullied, they can move past their grief and anger, and try to reconcile, or connect with the person who emotionally or physically hurt them. Reconciliation is to forgive and forget. If people dwell on the past their whole life, they will never move forward and beyond; instead they will live in grief and anger their whole life. For example, Jewish people were attaked in World War Two, but today, many Jewish people have forgiven the Germans and reconciled with them. So often people try to reach out to those who have hurt them. The book ‘Touching Spirit Bear’ shows reconciliation between Cole and the boy who he physically hurt. Cole reconciles with the boy, and the boy forgives Cole. Reconciliation helps both the victim and the culprit, because both of them can live their lives freely, without anger and hatred.

There was a story on the news a few years ago about a young girl who got killed in a car crash from a drunk driver smashing into her car. Instead of the mother of the girl having hatred towards the man, she reconciled with him and reached out and forgave him. She even took it to the next level by going to the court and made his sentence in jail be cut in half! This reconciliation not only freed the man, but freed her from her anger aswell.