I can't remember exactly where I first saw this quote but I think it may have been in one of Surya Das' books....
But it had such a profound effect on me. Often the simplest words ring the most true.
We are so quick to judge and we are so quick to vilify those whose actions we see as negative, as annoying or as 'wrong'.
...and we are also just as quick to forget the times that perhaps we have been in that same situation.
I'm sure most of us, most of the time, try our very best to live a good life of warmth and charity. But we all slip up from time to time.
We can never know exactly what another person is going through, what hardships they are facing, and what hardships they have already faced but we can be empathetic to their plight and do one simple thing - 'be kind'.
And this need not either be an excuse for people to act poorly. After all; as I said in 'Choosing You' "There are reasons for the way people act...not excuses". In seeing the reasons why people sometimes act rashly, or negatively but not necessarily excusing them (and thereby allowing them to 'walk all over us') we are being kind. We can treat them with gentleness, openness and love. These things are the basis of compassion.
This simple quote wells into my mind when I am reactively disgusted by someone, by the way they act or look and it immediately disarms these negative thoughts - and as simply as they arose they fade away to be replaced by feelings of love and compassion for my fellow man.
Words can hold so much power.
They say that 'God is in the word'. For me this means that there is power and there is truth in words. What we say becomes real and what is said to us, and affects us profoundly also becomes reality.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.
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