Birds of many feathers will flock to a good tree To dwell amongst its branches and feast upon its fruit Does a tree have eyes to see the birds and their array? Do not be surprised or say that they are not welcome Besides, how else will the seed be carried away To be planted in the tree’s vicinity, so that it may be surrounded by many good trees Let them eat of its fruit and be of good health Do not be shocked when one strikes it with its beak To burrow into its trunk to create a crevice for itself and its young When there are two good trees placed side by side Know that there will be an overabundance of birds Do not be startled if some traverse from one to the other When one tree is not yielding much fruit The other will pick up the slack through pollination Can a tree see what lies hidden underground? Do not be alarmed when worms come and damage its roots For they will only grow back more resilient Was this not to be expected? Were they not in the earth before the tree was planted, and its roots extended to block their course through the dirt? Therefore accept and shelter the birds, endure the worms And continue to produce good fruit
Her face is the sun
Her eyes are the stars
Her hair is the wind
Her lips are the clouds
Her smile is a rainbow
Her laugh is the rain
Two men walk into a grocery store to buy cereal
There are only two boxes left, but both are expired
Not wanting to go home with nothing to eat
One man picks up the spoiled cereal and purchases it
Only to come back home and have a bad taste in his mouth
The other man though refuses to buy either box
He has to go home hungry or ask a neighbor for bread
This goes on for some time as cereal sales plummet
Eventually the grocery store is forced to stock good cereal
Whose actions prompted them to make the change?
Did either of them have the right to complain about the service?
Smile, be happy
Say Good Morning
Shake someone’s hand
Give to the poor
Assist the elderly
Hold the door
Say thank you
Take off the headphones
Be aware of your surroundings
Travel with friends
Keep the guns at home
Don’t break the law
Have no fear
Have you ever been called to do something that you didn’t think you were qualified to do? It is a humbling experience and it takes practice to become proficient at the task. In the same way we are all called to be holy people. We will get there, but it will take time. Some will take more time and require more patience on our part than others. Knowing this may help us to be more compassionate and willing to deal with a difficult person. Much frustration can be avoided when we don’t expect others to progress in holiness at the same rate that we have.
In truth we are all like children, we just grew older. Even as adults, sometimes we just want what we want, and we get angry when we can’t have our way. If we think of everyone else as children, or rather, our children, it will be easier to forgive them. This is beneficial to our cultivation of virtues. It’s hard to imagine Adam and Eve, our first human parents being jealous of, or harboring any malice towards their descendants. God could have started over with another man and woman after Adam and Eve sinned, but it seems as though he intended for us all to be one family.
Whether it is a classmate, a co-worker, a spouse, or someone who wishes to harm you, try to see that person as your child. Then you will love that child unconditionally and seek mercy before justice.