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Thursday, August 7, 2003


Reflections

EACH PERSON WHO ENTERS OUR LIFE HAS A UNIQUE LESSON TO TEACH US.
And it is only through these lessons that we learn about life, people, relationships and God.

WHEN SOMEONE LIES TO YOU,
it teaches you that things are not always as they seem.
The truth is often far beneath the surface.
Look masks people wear if you want to know their heart.
And remove your own masks to let people know yours.

WHEN SOMEONE STEALS FROM YOU,
it teaches you that nothing is forever.
Always appreciate what you have,
for you never know when you might lose it.
And never, ever take your friends and family for granted
because today is the only guarantee you have.

WHEN SOMEONE INFLICTS AN INJURY UPON YOU,
it teaches you that the human state is a fragile one.
Protect and take care of your body as best you can,
it's the only thing you are sure to have forever.

WHEN SOMEONE MOCKS YOU,
it teaches you that no two people are alike.
When you encounter people who are different from you,
don't judge them by how they look or act;
instead base your opinion on the contents of their heart.

WHEN SOMEONE BREAKS YOUR HEART,
it teaches you that loving someone does not always
mean that person will love you back.
But don't turn your back on love
because when you find the right person,
the joy that one person brings will make up
for all the past hurts put together. A hundredfold!

WHEN SOMEONE HOLDS A GRUDGE AGAINST YOU,
it teaches you that everyone makes mistakes.
When you are wronged, the most virtuous thing you can do
is forgive the offender without pretense.
Forgiving those who have hurt us is the most difficult
and courageous thing Man can do.

WHEN A LOVED ONE IS UNFAITHFUL TO YOU,
it teaches you that resisting temptation is Man's greatest challenge.
Be vigilant in your existance against all temptation.
By doing so you will be rewarded with an enduring
sense of satisfaction far greater than the temporary pleasure
by which you were tempted.

WHEN SOMEONE CHEATS ON YOU,
it teaches you that greed is the root of all evil.
Aspire to make your dreams come true,
no matter how lofty they may be.
Do not feel guilty about our success,
but never let an obsession with achieving your goals lead you
to engage in malevolent activities.

WHEN SOMEONE RIDICULES YOU,
it teaches you that nobody is perfect.
Accept people for their merits and be tolerant of their flaws.
Do not ever reject someone for imperfections
over which they have no control.

WHEN SOMEONE LOVES US,
it teaches us that love, kindness, charity, honesty, humility,
forgiveness and acceptance can counteract all the evil in the world.
For every good deed, there is one less evil deed.
Man alone has the power to control the balance
between good and evil, but because the lessons of love
are not taught often enough, the power is too often abused.

When you enter someone's life,
whether by plan, chance or coincidence,
CONSIDER WHAT YOUR LESSON WILL BE.
Will you teach love or a harsh lesson of reality?
When you die will your life have resulted in more loving or hurting?
More comfort or pain? More joy or sadness?

Each one of us has power over the balance of love in the world.
Use it wisely.
Don't miss an opportunity to nudge
the world's scale in the right direction.

"A man can't stop people from having a bad opinion about him but he can
stop them from being right."

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