It was about 20 years ago when someone used the word magnanimous on me. I did something, which I thought was the right thing to do and though I didn't think too much of it, this person commented that it was magnanimous for me to do so.
The exchange stayed with me all these years.
The word means:
- generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: to be magnanimous toward one's enemies.
- high-minded; noble: a just and magnanimous ruler.
- proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.: a magnanimous gesture of forgiveness.
The word originated probably from 1575–85, from the Latin word, magnanimus that means great-souled. It is equivalent to magn(us) magn- + anim(us) spirit, soul, mind + -us -ous.
To me, the word means having a big heart, and I was tested in that way today.
I met a person whom in my opinion is a toxic person. She was petty and vindictive. She wasn't very happy about something I had done, which I thought was such a small matter. I didn't even do anything wrong, it was just not to her expectations, and she reported me to a higher authority. And that without my knowledge, which I somehow came to know about.
So, what do I do?
It did plague my mind for awhile but then I refuse to let it steal my joy and cheer for the day.
To me, it is a decision for me to either have a big heart or a small heart.
And I chose to have it big, to forgive and to bear no malice. It wasn't that difficult to do.
But I do feel sorry for her and so I decided to spend time praying for her, for her heart to grow and expand so that she too will be magnanimous. So that she will learn to have a big heart.