This is an unusual recipe, somewhat like your grandmother’s, with a pinch of this and a dab of that. It is also an exceedingly difficult recipe which has to be adapted each time it is used. It requires constant awareness of what you are doing and yet cannot be measured in terms of time or space. The recipe works on both the living and the dead. You might think it is easier with the dead because they require it only once but, as you will discover, it occasionally needs to be refreshed. With the living, it may also need to be repeated.
An important note about the recipe is that it requires no special purchases. No matter where you are, you have all the ingredients with you. Occasionally, there is a problem because some of the ingredients have dried out or molded over time, but they are all capable of resuscitation.
The most important thing to remember as you follow these instructions is that your goal is true forgiveness. It is not necessary to spend much time on the matter needing forgiveness.
Alright, here is the basic recipe:
- Take one huge serving of humanity. If your stock is dusty or frozen, spend time reshaping it, warming it, and reminding it of all that is important in life.
- Place in a bowl lined with good deeds done to and by you, including a few especially heartwarming times in your life.
- Next, locate a solid chunk of humility. This should be grated over the humanity and gently stirred.
- Now blend in slices of humor and empathy. Shape the mixture with loving hands into small, marble-sized balls. Place them in a warm, sunshine-filled dish to ferment for at least a day.
- Finally, sprinkle a teaspoonful of forgetfulness on the forgiveness pills and take as needed.
For small slights and injuries, one serving should suffice. In case of larger offenses, it may be necessary to swallow two or more.
Note: To make this recipe for self-forgiveness, replace the humility with honesty and double the amount of empathy and forgetfulness.
Assignment: A Recipe