Not everyone is honest. Not everyone wants the best for others. Not everyone respects others. I sometimes forget this and am surprised when I encounter it. When I do stumble across it, I like to remember a few things. The person who is being manipulative, the person who is not wanting the best, the person who is disrespectful, that person is acting in a way that cannot be bringing them happiness. They are acting in fear. They cannot possibly see the good in others if they cannot see it in themselves.
I sometimes think these people are sent my way occasionally to help me to see how important these things are. They are important to me because they have filled my life with happiness and peace. They have provided me with a strong foundation from which I cannot be rocked.
When I see others acting in a way that only magnifies their fears, I cannot condemn them. I cannot deem them terrible. The way I choose to respond is to love them. It is loving for me to stop their behaviour. It is loving for both me and for them. It is not loving to say nothing and allow them to continue to live in fear. It is loving for me to accept that they may not like what I say. It is loving for me to know that these people cannot affect me. They can bombard me with lies, manipulations and attacks. These will only affect me if I am not aware. I am aware, so I see the attacks and I know they come from fear and that this cannot truly harm me.
Step lightly – peace and happiness come from your actions, not someone else’s.
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