Before I step out into the world each day I remind myself that everyone…everyone….perceives the world completely differently then I do because everyone, everyone, is different from me and different from everyone else. It’s a seemingly simple lesson but I use that simple lesson as my means to communicate and understand others effectively and it works. And as a result I live in a conflict free environment.
Nothing will give you as much strength as faith and not because faith makes things easier but rather because faith makes things possible.
Faith gives us the peace of mind to listen to our own voice, to be in touch with our soul, faith blocks out the noise of the world.
When faith becomes your life guide you will no longer live by sight.
What is love?
This is love
Love is patient
love is kind.
It does not envy
it does not boast
it is not proud.
It is not rude,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
In the daily course of life, at some point we are all going to run across that poor soul who is always angry and always looking for a problem. Don’t walk away from people like that that…RUN AWAY FROM PEOPLE LIKE THAT…run as fast as you can, as far as you can to get away from them. Let them alone because the battle they’re looking to fight is with themselves and not with you. Remember, conflict cannot survive without participation.
Below is a prayer I recite every day, it’s called the Prayer of Saint Francis.
Usually I just have a one-on-one conversation with God but the Prayer of Saint Francis is e my talking points (For lack of a better way to put it) meaning I use it as a rough guide of what I need to do in the course of a day.
By the way, St. Francis, as brillant and awesome (A much over used word) as he was, didn’t write this prayer, somebody made that up. A fan of St. Francis I suspect. The prayer was more than probably written in about 1912 (St. Francis lived in the 13th century) by Fr. Esther Bouquerel.
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.