In Morality Part 1, I explained how morality was about relationship, not rules. Part 2 will begin to explore moral responsibility and the role of conscience. But first, a word about mercy.
Why? There was no good reason. I wasn’t distracted or stressed. I have no one to blame but myself. I literally hung my head in shame as I showed my husband what I had done. Worse yet, I misread the text message that my friend sent. She hadn’t asked me to pick her up; she had offered to pick me up.
My husband was more merciful and compassionate to me that I was to myself. “Try not to do that again,” he said as he hugged me. He knew I was sorry.
As I tried to moved beyond self-condemnation to being present to the rest of my day (and of course figuring out the details of getting the car fixed) I thought a lot about my own practice of showing mercy, especially with my kids.