Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Just a Helpful Reminder in a World that Seems Mad

Just watching a few trends on Facebook over the last week or so, and seeing so much anger, fear, frustration, criticism, etc, tossed about.... here are some words I try to keep in mind, which also help give me peace of mind. They are a practice and they take practice, for sure. I police myself and often find I have failed. But, the next day I get up, brush off the dust, and try, try again.

Here goes:

If you don't want your freedoms taken away, don't take away someone else's.

If you don't want someone telling you how you should act and what is "best" for you, then don't tell someone else how they should act or to do what you think is "best" for them. 

What's fair for you is fair for someone else.

If you wish others to tolerate you, then tolerate others. Better yet, if you wish others to be friendly towards you and accept you, be friendly towards them and accept them.

If you wish people to respect you, respect them.

Just because someone disagrees with you, that doesn't mean they're stupid or wrong or evil. Likewise, if you disagree with someone else, that doesn't mean you're stupid or wrong or evil.

Most people are actually doing the best they can and mean no harm; most hateful behavior arises from fear. Help abate the fear.

Saying "I'm sorry" is not a sign of weakness. It takes a big person to apologize, and it is a lot harder to do than remaining angry and refusing to educate yourself or self-examine.

Do not answer hate with hate, anger with anger. Two wrongs have never made a right. Forgiveness is always better than harboring a grudge.

Be flexible. Not all situations are black and white. Sometimes you have to be willing to bend a little in order to achieve the greater good. 

Finally, in all things, spread joy! It's way more fun.

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