How’s THAT for a title?
A lovely series of pitfalls and roadblocks, professionally and personally, tried to hi-jack my week. How about you?
But around every corner, I was looking for and expecting (and offering to myself) compassion, rather than the judgment that so often tries instead to win the day.
I mention this in the video, but THIS was the most “responded to” post on my Facebook page this week:
That harsh retort? That grumpy receptionist? The driver who cut you off and provided a one finger salute?
Who knows what they are going through?
Taking a step back to entertain the possibilities in your mind opens the door to empathy and then, compassion.
And the desire to strike back or lash out dissipates.
Which plays in nicely to the big reveal about our NEW Word of the Week…but first, a recap of COMPASSION (and in some cases, a little TOO MUCH information…):
Ahhh…so you see where I’m going?
If we seek harmony and it seems elusive, we can take a step back and remember COMPASSION.
Put yourself in their shoes. Or give yourself a break for seemingly falling short.
Extend the olive branch.
Isn’t life too short to live in disharmony?
Can you think of a time when you chose to be the bigger person, and it built a bridge leading to harmony?
There may have been a HUGE gulp first, like the teeter-tottering of a child getting ready to take a leap off of the high dive for the first time.
But you jumped.
OK, maybe violins didn’t play and perhaps you didn’t ride off into the sunset singing kum-ba-yah.
But you went to sleep knowing you TRIED. You followed the Holy Spirit’s gentle prodding and did it.
Their response is not your responsibility. Just be true to your best self, and let harmony fill all the inside places of discord.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God. – Matthew 5:9
According to Wikipedia (so blame them if this is inaccurate) the word peacemakers does not imply pacifism. It does not refer to those who do not fight, but rather to those who actively bring conflict to an end.
Wow. I like that!
Here’s to a week of bringing conflicts to an end, both externally and internally (or at least trying) and increasing the harmony level in our lives and the lives of those we love.