Feb. 22, 2016
Williams' Message Of Forgiveness Is A Life Lesson
We should all take a moment and reflect on Oklahoma City assistant coach Monty Williams' poignant words at the funeral services for his wife, Ingrid, who died in a car accident Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
She was killed when Susannah Donaldson, who had her dog in her lap as she was driving, lost control and veered across the center lane, crashing head on into Williams. Mrs. Williams was 44, and the mother of five. Donaldson also died at the scene.
Williams reminded us that both the lives of his wife, and Donaldson were important. His act of forgiveness to Donaldson, and his understanding of the tragedy, is something we can all learn from.
"Let us not forget that there were two people in this situation, and that family needs prayer as well," Williams said. "And we have no ill will toward that family. That family didn't wake up wanting to hurt my wife. Life is hard... it is very hard... and that was tough. But we hold no ill will toward the Donaldson family."
These tragic deaths let’s us know how fleeting our lives are. In an instant, everything can change dramatically. It is also a reminder that at some point in our lives we are all going to be challenged. When it occurs, we have to be ready to preserve through it.
In the meantime, just remember to let those who you are close to, know that you love them. Let go of the vengeance and the malice you have towards others, and those who are different than you. Most importantly, as Williams has demonstrated in the worst moment of his life, learn to forgive.