Creating peace involves thinking about what matters, a major Emotional Fitness skill, before acting. Faith keeps us strong, but intolerant faiths are destroying our world.
I am grateful most Christians are no longer willing to kill to impose their faith.
I am also aware that throughout the ages religion has been the tool of those using religion to gain power. I call these the greedy. Very few are interested in religion except as a tool to incite crowds.
I read a sentence recently in Hillel Halkin’s Melisande! What Are Dreams? The sentence was in response to a woman’s saying because she was unable to have children, “God should be punished for punishing her.” Her lover said, “…God was already punished enough.”
I think whatever God is or Gods or Goddesses exist, all must weep that we humans have failed to create peace. In my heart I know partly that is because those I call the power greedy and world class bullies will do what those of us who are kinder and more caring people refuse to do.
This post was initially sparked by the quotes found on long time Internet friend Dorian Cole’s face book page. But news today that the Taliban tried to murder Malala Yousafzaia a fourteen year old girl, known for promoting education made my need to post it more compelling.
Here are the quotes Dorian posted which became all the more compelling after reading Malala Yousafzaia’s story:Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny. Frank Outlaw Watch your attitudes Characters live to be noticed. People with character notice how they live. Nancy Moser Don’t tell me what you believe in. Show me what you’ve done and I’ll tell you what you believe in. John Boccieri’s mother.
EMOTIONAL FITNESS THOUGHTS
Practice kindness in all the ways you can.
Practice gratitude for much has been given.
Check reality for there are those who will kill all peace and freedom fighters without a second thought.
Consider that the need to be less kind at times in order to preserve a greater kindness.
Minimally, always speak out against intolerance; silence is collusion.
I work hard to be generous and kind. I do not always succeed, but when I do it strengthens me. Even very small kindnesses such as liking, commenting, sharing what I read on the various social media sites I am linked to.
One more quote:Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Bugscalia
nd this post helpful, do any of the above. I promise your kindness is always repaid. Mine has been.
DISCLAIMER ONE: EMOTIONAL FITNESS TRAINING IS NOT THERAPY
Even the most learned researchers and therapists quarrel about much. Take their advice and mine carefully. Don’t just listen to your heart, but also think; don’t just think, listen to your heart. Heart and head working together increase the odds you will find useful advice amid all the promises and hopes pushed at you be others. As others have noted, take what seems useful, leave the rest.
DISCLAIMER TWO: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS
If you need perfect posts, you will not find them here; I will understand if you don’t follow, like or share what like me. Not only am I dealing with an aging brain, but all of my life I have been plagued by dysgraphia–a learning disability, If you hang in with me, thank you; you are k