Lessons for Living
I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
Some of life’s most valuable lessons come from the most unexpected sources. Never discount the things to be learned from what may initially appear to be the most negative, uncomfortable, or trying situations. Always look for the good in every individual and the value in every circumstance…if you do, you will most assuredly find it!
Thought for the day
Slips are always optional, sometimes avoidable and occasionally necessary.
Do I understand the value of a setback? In life there are many unpleasant events we survive. Have we learned to use those as a stepping stone to victory?
If we are being honest with ourselves sometimes those setbacks are paramount to our complete growth as human beings, in emotional strength, spiritual endurance, quality of faith and in our mental toughness.
Can I pass that on to my fellow brothers and sisters in recovery without invoking the “laissez faire” attitude that permeates many recovery rooms and promotes the “progress rather than perfection syndrome” that keeps us bound in relapse?
But I tell you not to try to get even with a person who has done something to you. When someone slaps your right cheek, turn and let that person slap your other cheek. If someone sues you for your shirt, give up your coat as well. If a soldier forces you to carry his pack one mile, carry it two miles. When people ask you for something, give it to them. When they want to borrow money, lend it to them. You have heard people say, “Love your neighbors and hate your enemies.” But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you. Then you will be acting like your Father in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both good and bad people. And he sends rain for the ones who do right and for the ones who do wrong. If you love only those people who love you, will God reward you for that? Even tax collectors love their friends. If you greet only your friends, what’s so great about that? Don’t even unbelievers do that? But you must always act like your Father in heaven. ~Jesus / Matthew 5:39-47 (CEV)~