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National Forgiveness Day (Oct. 31) Gains Momentum
Volunteers from across the nation will join the Ohio-based Center Of Unconditional Love (COUL) and citizens from the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana, and Kentucky in a grass roots celebration of the power of love and the joy of forgiveness during Forgiveness Week (Oct. 24-31) and National Forgiveness Day (NFG) (Oct. 31) on the last Saturday of October.
“We are excited about the number of individuals who will be helping us celebrate the event by sending email copies of our “Power Of Love Joy Of Forgiveness” health and wellness plan to as many people as possible,” said COUL President Bob Moyers, a resident of rural Liberty Center.
“We are also elated with the encouragement we have received from the governors of the states touching Ohio,” said Mr. Moyers. “We have received proclamations encouraging citizens to forgive others, stop holding grudges and remove bitterness.”
In its 4th year of celebration, the national event seems to be gaining momentum by leaps and bounds. GRAND, an on-line magazine for grandparents with a circulation of 250,000, printed the 12-step power of love plan as its “Grand Finale” for the October issue. Additional features about the event have appeared and will be appearing in several religious, education, and health-related publications.
“The hope of our annual project is for people to forgive others and to ask God to remove bitterness from their hearts so that love and joy and peace will be restored and that healthy, happy relationships between God's people will be restored, repaired, revived and rebuilt,” said Mr. Moyers.
The governor's proclamations seemed to echo that hope.
“We encourage all citizens to focus on forgiving others in order to help restore and rebuild relationships,” said Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.
“The need to remove bitterness from our hearts and to forgive one another is essential in living healthy, happy lives,” said West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin.
“The need to produce unconditional love in the lives of individuals and in their home, work, and worship environments is very important,” said Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.
“There needs to be more understanding about the important connection between showing kindness toward our fellow humans and how if affects our world around us,” said Pennsylvania Governor Ed Randell. “It is my hope that through forgiveness our citizens will be more considerate and understanding of each other. We congratulate the Center Of Unconditional Love for their effort in making this possible.”
“The need for our citizens to be aware of the power of unconditional love and forgiveness is an essential component of healthy communication between people,” said Kentucky governor Steven Beshear.
The COUL center is a faith-based organization dedicated to creating an awareness and understanding of the power of unconditional love and how it works in the lives of individuals and in the home, work, worship, and health care environments.
“We introduced our health and wellness plan in 2008 for possible distribution, presentation, and implementation to employers and employees of small, medium, and large companies and organizations,” said Mr. Moyers.
“Several state agencies including the Ohio State Health Department and the Ohio Governor's Office Of Faith-Based Initiatives have found the plan worthy of consideration and many individuals and companies will attest to the success of the program.
“Our dream is to reach millions of people with this plan and to ultimately have the plan approved for distribution to all citizens in our nation through the encouragement of our federal government. To have our president issue an executive order establishing National Forgiveness Day as an annual celebration would be a dream come true,” said Mr. Moyers.
The 12-step plan has eight objectives including reducing negative stress, strengthening the immune system, balancing the emotions, preventing sickness, illness and disease, resolving conflicts, restoring relationships, improving communications, and creating the power of love and the joy of forgiveness within the individual.
Power Of Love - Joy Of Forgiveness
No More Stress Just Happiness Health & Welness Plan
Step One - Declare the day a joyful day when you wake up!
Step Two - Speak the truth with love.
Step Three - Ask questions. Listen with understanding. Think in silence. Love one another.
Step Four - Do not give permission for anger, fear, sadness, and hurt to take away your joy.
Step Five - Resolve conflicts by thinking this thought - Thank You. There is a lesson to be learned. What are you trying to teach me?
Step Six - Restore and rebuild relationships by asking the person what you can do to make the relationship better.
Step Seven - ASK FOR FORGIVENESS AND FORGIVE OTHERS.
Step Eight - Know that distress is caused by having to be right, by finding fault, by trying to control and manipulate, and by being selfish.
Step Nine - Stop doing things that cause stress. Give up bad habits. Say I want to stop. With humility say I can't stop. Ask for the desire to do certain things be taken away. God and do acts of kindness.
Step Ten - Practice the Seven Super Powers you have the power to control. You have the power to control your attitude, communications, truth, love, encouragement, forgiveness, and humility.
Step Eleven - Use these 21 wonderful words as often as possible: I'm wrong. I'm sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. You're welcome. Please. What is your opinion? I love you. Yes dear. Amen.
Step Twelve - Know the power of love lives inside you. Know you were created for relationships and to love one another no matter what.
“Asking for forgiveness and forgiving others is a key to optimum good health and happiness,” said Mr. Moyers, who is an inspirational speaker known as “Mr. Happy” and the author of the book, “Power Of Peaceful Thinking: How To Know Jesus Christ As Savior, Lord, Master, Friend, And King.”
The center's decision to celebrate National Forgiveness Day started in 2006 as a community-wide project in Liberty Center, Ohio, to participate in the national Make-A-Difference Day held each year on the 4th Saturday of October.
“We knew there had been a National Forgiveness Day celebrated in Fremont, Ohio, in 1994 and 1995, and that National Forgiveness Day had also started in Canada in 1994,” said Mr. Moyers. “So we decided to start it again.”
“We went door-to-door with a message about forgiveness and held a P.R.A.Y. Gathering at the library in our first year,” said Mr. Moyers.
The 2007 and 2008 events expanded as newspapers and magazines began to publish the prayer of forgiveness and health and wellness information. Individuals and organizations began to send information over the internet as part of the celebration.
One prayer of forgiveness which organizers encourage others to say is very short and to the point. “Please forgive others. Please help me to forgive others. Please forgive me. Please help me to forgive myself. Please remove bitterness from my heart. Please restore my joy. Please bless those who have hurt me. Thank you.
Volunteers can still register to help join in the celebration of the event by visiting www.unconditionallovelive.com, download the health and wellness plan, and send copies to friends across the nation and around the world. Information may also be obtained by calling 419-533-4191.