Pain makes us not our best selves. When they hurt us with their hands or with their mouths, we want to strike back. Fight fire with fire, help them reap what they sew, restore balance to the world. It is understandable. It is part of our nature. But we can be better.
The hate that we give is a reflection of what they gave to us. It’s what they want. It is what allows them to see us as less than human. Whether they can’t see the humanity inside others or they can’t see it inside themselves, we are just confirming their suspicion.
So transform the hate into humanity, darkness into light. When they give you hate, give them love. Because when they look into the mirror, we want them to see the human being inside of us and remember that no matter how deep it is buried, there is a human inside of them.
Give friendship, give trust freely and without cause-
Make fast friends, slow enemies.
If others hurt you, take advantage of you, persevere:
Succeed even when they stack all odds against you.
Forgive others who harm you, but remember to protect yourself in the future.
Keep your expectations low and be prepared to do it all yourself
Let kindness from others amaze you as the wonderful gift it is.
Help others, go above an beyond expectations
Not with any expectation of benefit, but because you want to.
Take joy in raising others up and raise yourself up even when others push you down.
Realize that this is your own personal truth, not the same as anyone else’s
Not better, not worse,
And that the only universal wrong is the intentional harm of others.
Live this life. You may not always be happy. You may not always succeed.
But I truly hope that you will always find peace.