This week, we are looking at the keywords of Friendship, Compassion and Acceptance.
The Elton John song said something like “With a friend at hand, you will see the light-If your friends are there, then everything’s all right.” What a dull life it would be if we only knew those who thought as we did, or as our parents and our closest family members felt! It is a blessing that we are able to seek out those who are like-minded, and those who like us for who we are. When we find someone that touches our hearts and minds in new ways, we realize there is the potential within us to discover aspects of ourselves that we may not yet appreciate and they allow to flourish and grow. Friends make us laugh and at times, they help to make us whole. It is a gift to have friends for a lifetime, and it is worth cultivating friendships to complete us in many ways.
Without Compassion, it would be nigh impossible to practice the Christian religion. Jesus tells us that we must turn the other cheek. We know how hard it is at times! But compassion is something that is, or should be, part of our nature that we encourage to develop. Like a muscle in our bodies, we need to strengthen our capability to show compassion throughout our life. We all remember the adage about “walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.” With compassion, comes wisdom and knowledge when we can put ourselves into another’s situation and feel compassion, learn to show mercy, find acceptance for those who are struggling with addictions, and so much more. It is our capacity to grow, and to help heal and to be a force for good in the lives of others that makes us more human and more in tune with God.
When I think of acceptance, I think of those who are having a hard time accepting the outcome of the past election. And I feel compassion and understanding, as we have all been in that boat. We cannot be at peace in our lives without acceptance. My boss used to love the saying “It is what it is!” It meant that no matter what was thrown at her, good or bad, we needed to accept life for what it is, and deal with the situation at hand. We all need to play with the cards that are dealt us, without bemoaning and complaining that life isn’t fair, and we shouldn’t have to deal with a messy situation, especially when it’s not of our making! When we relax and stand back and take a deep breath, we realize that at times, the journey is the point, and that we need to work and learn to accept all things good and bad. If we accept the need to ‘go with the flow’, then our energy can be concentrated on the task at hand and we can enjoy the here and now of the moment. Talking of new beginnings in the New Year, we accept the Universe as unfolding in ways we cannot comprehend, but the divine acceptance of living in the moment will always give us insight in our own spiritual orbit of the universe.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself-Matthew 22:39
Mantra: I will make a point of appreciating all my friends and take heed of the adage to make new friends and keep the old. I’ll try to remember my friends and keep in touch with the ones that I haven’t seen in a while. I’ll work to be more compassionate in my own life, for others I may have judged, and for myself, when dealing with my own faults. And I will work to accept those things I can’t change, and take heart in the fact there are things I can change for the better in my own life, and the lives of others.