WHILST WALKING IN THE HILLS TODAY, I passed a mother out walking with her young daughter. They were deep in conversation. The young girl looked upset.
As we passed, I overheard something beautiful …
The mother said to her daughter:
How do you feel?
Can you trust your kindness?
Can you trust your kindness … It’s not easy to keep our hearts open in the face of unkindness, no matter at what age it strikes us. It’s not easy to “be kind anyway”, to trust that our uncompromising and unconditional kindness is the right response.
It reminded me of the teachings of the Gokai (Five Principles): to not mindlessly give in to our anger (Do not be angry) and to trust our kindness (Do not worry, Be kind to others).
May 2014 be a year where we can all ‘trust our kindness’, allowing us to connect more deeply with each other through the door of our open hearts.
The writings below were reportedly found written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, India. The words below are attributed to her and the original poem was written by Kent Keith, entitled ‘The paradoxical commandments’.
People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centred;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies;
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you;
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten;
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.