Written By: Robert Muller, former United Nations Assistant Secretary General 
(Written for International Forgiveness Week; published in “DEAR ABBY”, 01/28/91)
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 
The doer of miracles. 
To forgive is the highest, 
Most beautiful form of love. 
In return you will receive 
Untold peace and happiness.
Here is the program for achieving a truly forgiving heart:
Sunday:               Forgive yourself. 
Monday:              Forgive your family. 
Tuesday:             Forgive your friends and associates. 
Wednesday:       Forgive across economic lines within your own nation. 
Thursday:            Forgive across cultural lines within your own nation. 
Friday:                 Forgive across political lines within your own nation. 
Saturday:            Forgive other nations.
Only the brave know how to forgive. 
A coward never forgives. It is not in his nature.
George Roemisch in the poem ‘Forgiveness’ says: 
“Forgiveness is the fragrance of the violet 
that clings to the heel that crushed it.”