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Monday, April 2, 2007

Let He Who Has No Fault, Cast The First Stone

Let he who has no fault, cast the first stone. This is a very powerful statement that compels us to look within ourselves before judging others. Besides, what guarantee do you have that judgment will not bounce back and hit you full force? We are humans bound to make mistakes. For most of us, ordinary citizens, those mistakes are scrutinized in the confine of close friends and family. Unfortunately to those who choose to be in the political or social limelight, the same mistakes are publicized and magnified for public entertainment.

Let's face it. None of us is perfect. Sometimes we are too quick to pose judgement on others whereas we, ourselves, are not blemish-free. How many times have we blurted out something mean and hurtful to someone because we were driven by anger and emotion? How did that make you feel as the "giver"? It probably felt good to spew out those scalding words knowing how much pain you've inflicted on that person. Now, think of a time when someone said something equally mean and hurtful and felt you didn't deserve it. How did that make you feel as the "receiver"? Your most likely reaction would be to retaliate. After all, to forgive is divine, but vengeance is sweeter! Or is it?

I noticed that I've become more and more reserved with my judgment partly due to wisdom that comes with age, but mostly because I'm afraid of what could come back to me. Haven't your mother told you: "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all"?And of course, who can forget the Golden rule: "Don't do unto others what you don't want others to do unto you"?

When you come to understand the basic concept of The Law of Attraction, your perception of people (yes, even those you don't particularly like) and events in your life will be altered in ways you'll find liberating. Why liberating? Because you'll free yourself from insecurities, worries, fear and other factors that inhibit personal and spiritual well-being. When you feel good about yourself, this is the message you reflect to those around you, thereby attracting more good things into your life. How many times have you said "hi" to a stranger and they said "hi" or smiled back? How often do strangers open or hold the door for you and in return, you say "thank you"? These are just simple gestures that are often taken for granted but strongly depicts The Law of Attraction:

Whatever you give, that you will also receive! Every good you sow, that you will also reap. And vice versa! Indeed, what goes around, comes around.

As much as we'd like to think that we loyally abide by the Golden rule, let's set our hypocrisy aside and agree that sometimes circumstances make us act on impulse. We all have faults, whether we admit it or not. These faults were made (deliberately or not) to teach us lessons. Humility is born when we acknowledge our fault and accept the lessons which will later guide us in making wiser decisions. If you have been a recipient of unkind words, thoughts, gestures or actions, then perhaps compassion will be your first reaction when you hear about someone else's misfortune. When you conduct all your affairs in humility, you will only see the good in people. Respect for others comes easy knowing that's how you want to be treated with.

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