I don’t think this is particularly profound or anything, yet I feel like this lesson is something that many people I know (even myself) struggle with. I think, though, that experience can show us, time and time again, that this lesson is true. You don’t need a revelation. You don’t need meditation. You don’t need an answer to a prayer. Although, I guess, if you learn the lesson through any of these, props to you.
Actually, I guess there are few “The Lessons”. I’m too lazy to make a Grand Unified Lesson. or a Lesson of Everything.
If you don’t forgive, you will be the one sputtering and festering in due time from your mania. Even if yours is a righteous cause (or you are convinced it is).
Fighting fire with fire sets the world ablaze. It doesn’t even make you feel better to snap back, or to snap in the first place, even though you’d think that’d be the case. On the other hand, if you REALLY want to show someone what’s what, being kind (the unintuitive answer…when the moment comes) will probably show them what’s what faster.
Even if yours is a righteous cause (or you are convinced it is).
I wouldn’t believe how many times I see other people so willing to plot and connive, to plan the destruction of others. How often they reason why that other guy has always been out to get us, and we’ve always been so polite, and how dare they treat us like this? So no more nice guy! We’ll fight back. And we’ll attack back! And we’ll be mean! And spiteful. And from the outside (maybe I know that the other guy isn’t a complete turbojerk. Or maybe I know that we don’t come off as perfect saints in one way or another), I try to reason that we must not Be Mean.
I would not believe how many times I fail to see myself so willing to plot and connive, to plan the destruction of others. How often I reason why that other guy has always been out to get me, and I’ve always been so polite, and how dare s/he treat me like this? So no more nice guy! I’ll fight back. And I’ll attack back! And I’ll be mean! And spiteful. And how many times do people try to show me the other side?