I have a favorite poem that comes from my dear old mentor Fernando. Being Cuban he was always a big lover of Jose Marti poems and always talked about this one with us as well as shared it with his class. The beauty of the Spanish language gets lost a little in translation, but the message comes through loud and clear.
As I have gotten older I have come to value and understand the meaning of the poem more and more: forgiving others, extending an olive branch, seeing past others' faults and missteps to move forward in life and be happier. I know that I am not perfect and that I often make mistakes and can say the wrong things at times...I am sure that people have forgiven me for my mistakes, so it is important for me to try and live my life the same: forgiving others and moving forward together in positive directions.