How Far You Go
“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all three.”
– George Washington Carver
I was thumbing through an old book of wise words and poems the other day, and this one stood out to me. I’ve been 2 of the 3 written here, and I have to say it’s very true. I’m glad that I am still strong, and for the most part tolerant of just about anything.
These past 3 years have brought out what I would say is an unhealthy amount of anger and bitterness. A sense among those who may have been silent in their anger and animosity before, coming out to the front of the line and stating without any regard for others feelings just how much anger and hatred still exists in this country, this world. I suppose I do think more on this subject as the time for giving thanks gets closer.
I am very grateful. I am really grateful for everything. I think back on the passing of my sister at the age of 21. She and her husband killed in a car crash at such a young age should have made me bitter. The loss of my father at 54. The most wonderful man I have ever known taken by such a devastating cancer. I should have been bitter, angry. But I wasn’t. I cherished all the memories I had with them. I still feel them around me, and I know they watch my grandchildren now. When I feel uncertain about a decision, I quiet myself and just trust in the answer that comes. I know it’s them and they are as wise as one can be.
Anger is a natural reaction. It can occur at any given time, and for most it is warranted. But the more I talk to people, hear their reasons for anger, I feel they cling to it like a security blanket. Like there isn’t anything better in their lives so hang on to that! Blame everyone else for their anger, their hurt, their lack of things. I’m not saying anger is warranted. In certain circumstances it’s more than warranted. But what is not, is clinging to it and letting it take over the real person that you are. You are a spiritual being, a being that chose a human existence, and this is only a short time.
It may feel as if we go through endless pain and suffering, but it’s also in how you perceive your situation. What would the other side of your anger look like? If you were to sit and think about what you do have, and not about what you don’t, wouldn’t that change your perspective on life and living? Would you waste more time hating? Feeling unjust? Or would you be glad that you woke up today, you are alive, and in being so can do amazing things?
Sometimes when we are not feeling justified, I find it helps to make others feel better. In doing so, we feel better. Good will always overcome, trust in that. It’s not hard to be a good person. And once you feel the rewards of your kindness, it spreads, it becomes visible, tangible. A simple “Good Morning” can change the day from negative to positive in a split second.
The more we focus on what we do have, no matter how small it may seem, it can bring about great change, and always for the better. To a person who has nothing, what we complain about can seem like the greatest life ever. We simply don’t know what others go through, but we can change how we act. And practice our thankfulness. It’s such a small thing to add to our day, and the impact to us all is huge.
I promise you your negative thoughts and anger will begin to change. And your life will change because of it. We are in charge of how we react, what we say, and how we treat others. No one else can hold that truth but you. What do you want to be remembered for? Being kind and caring? Having all the money in the world, yet being a miserable person, won’t make them be remembered for anything but being uncaring and greedy.
You don’t need a lot to be wealthy. It’s what comes from inside. So….. as this Thanksgiving approaches, be thankful and if you have the ability to make someone less fortunate have a better day, then do it. It’s these small things that can bring back the good that resides in all of us. It’s there, but sometimes we have to reach way down, dig deep to recover it. And when you do, never let it go!
Wishing you all a blessed November and a very Happy Thanksgiving.
In love and light,
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