Ben was my hero as he fought in WW2, a pilot in the Pacific Theater. Ben homesteaded in Wyoming and later built up several thriving businesses in Utah, along with his wife, Rita. Rita and Ben raised eight children who are all successful. Together they have helped many people throughout the years, both financially and spiritually.
Perhaps the greatest challenge and chance for heroism has come in their late eighties, as Rita has Alzheimer's. Ben lovingly and faithfully cares for Rita in their home. They will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary this May and Ben never complains, only says how much he loves Rita. Five of their grown daughters live within 20 miles and share the responsibility of coming each day to help with housekeeping and bathing.
May we all be as positive as Ben with our challenges in life and inspire those around us to do likewise.
Submitted by Anonymous
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benjamin marak from Pune MAY 3, 2013
I just love to hear the word forgiven. Forgiving is divine. There is always a joy in forgiving. Thank you for your sharing your experiences. It touch my heart.
Maria S from Indonesia MARCH 25, 2009
Thank you for sharing your life.
I think that I can relate well to your story as my parents were divorce when I was 5 yrs - and it was never been easy for me then.
Growing up, I was full of hatred especially to men.
I didn't have good relations with my mother since she had to leave me & my brother to other city to work, while we live with grandparents.
I hate the feeling of loosing her, though she had to work for us.
My life was transform when I found the true value in my life, then I can forgive my dearest mom and dad.
I'm a wife and mother of four now.
Jennifer S. from Wyoming AUGUST 15, 2008
Wow 30 years is too long to be holding a grudge. Its great that you forgave her maybe one day I can truly forgive mine, but you inspired me so thanks and GOOD JOB!!!!!!!
Maya G. from Boulder AUGUST 14, 2008
I just completed a divorce. Because I believe in always being honest with my kids, I told my young son at age 10 what was happening between his father and me. He cried, begged me not to divorce. Sobbed worrying about how his life would change, how he would never be happy again. But for many, many reasons, I went through with the divorce.
Though I know this was right for me, I have not forgiven myself for what my son felt and the loss of what he saw as an ideal life. I believe I have even forgiven my ex in order to get beyond what was bitterness and anger. But forgiving myself? I'm still working on that.
Annie B. from Liverpool, England AUGUST 6, 2008
This is a wonderful story. I'm sure in times of divorce etc this story will be similar to many peoples hearts. I will pass this on.
Debra D. from Long Island, NY JULY 25, 2008
Wonderful! Congratulations to you for feeling the truly healing aspects of forgiveness. Our parents do the best they can with the knowledge they have, as we all do.