If you haven't already been 'introduced' to Gill Hicks, allow me to do so. I don't actually know Gill at all, although I know a little about her.
Gill is a survivor of the London July 7th 2005 bombings. Many courageous stories from that day but, for me, none as amazing and inspiring as Gill's story. Gill has a strength and generosity of spirit that I can only dream of.
Coincidentally, I had just finished reading her book 'One Unknown', when I noticed an interview with Gill on television. Two years post 7/7, Gill was talking about forgiveness and her involvement with The Forgiveness Project. A charitable organisation, The Forgiveness Project describes itself on its website as exploring forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution through real-life human experience.
Forgiveness. It is said that forgiving an act frees us from continuing to live with any associated hurt and pain. I understand the logic in that and I do try and and live my life that way. Having said that, I've been pretty fortunate with my experiences in my life. I think Simon Wiesenthal said it best when he said, 'Forgetting is something that time takes care of, but forgiveness is an act of volition, and only the sufferer is qualified to make the decision.'
Ghandi said 'Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.' Read more stories of incredible strength here.