What you say to others can effect how they feel, and while some may not care about this, some day they will wish for someone to show compassion to them instead of harsh words. Sometimes when we are angry, jealous, hold resentment, or other negative emotions towards others, whether they deserve it or not, we say things we should never say. You can murder someone's spirit with your words. The natives of the Soloman Islands yell at the trees they want to be rid of and they literally die! The Holy Bible not only speaks of murdering someone in spirit with words, but it also refers to man as trees!!! You can not deny how awful it feels to be screamed at. How terrible it feels when you work very hard at something to please someone, only to receive the harshest critic you have ever gotten from someone who may not know how to give kind criticism, and it just cuts you to the core. How many times has someone told you that you're not good enough? How did that make you feel? Sometimes people who have been hurt over and over don't deal with their pain properly, they harbor it, and they repeat the abuse to others and that branches out just as a tree has branches, and when it dies, one branch effects the next, and so on, and like a snow ball effect that wicked seed travels on to the next and then the next until we are a world filled with hatred and angry people going around hurting each other and laughing as if it's some sort of fun amusement. You have to admit, deep down it never feels good to hurt someone else, though you can somehow become numb over time with repeated use of this behavior, somewhere deep down you still know it is wrong deep in your core. We have a core, apples have a core and they come from a tree!!! A seed only becomes bad when it is tainted. In the old days, if a person committed murder the punishment was to have the body of the person they murdered strapped to them and they would have to carry that dead person around everywhere they went, and not only would everyone know that person was a murderer, but the death of the person they murdered would travel to them, and they too would die because decay does travel from one to another, so in the end the sentence was a long painful death. When you hurt / murder someone else with your words, you also hurt / murder your own self. Not only are we all connected because we are all part of the tree of life, but when we are infected by negative energy in which we project upon others, we are slowly being eaten away by what we have been tainted with, just as a bad seed will never bare any good fruit. We must change the way we treat others, and if someone is cruel to you, it is important to forgive them, not only so that you can be forgiven as well, but so that the person who hurt you knows what grace and mercy are. They might not feel the effects right away, it could take days or perhaps even longer until it sinks in, but once you plant a good seed, even if it means you suffer, that seed will bare good fruit which will yield a better harvest, increasing the chances of a world more full of goodness. I know all too well how hard it is when someone has said something to murder your spirit, but if you act with mercy and compassion towards the offender, you not only begin to thwart the effects of their evil deed, you also begin to heal yourself, and just as they have hurt themselves by hurting you because they deep down were already hurt by someone else, your kind reaction towards them will penetrate them with good instead of evil and it will begin to heal them as well because they are on some level connected to you as we are all a part of each other. We have free will, which means we can choose how we think, feel, react, and behave towards situations, ourselves, and others. There once was a boy on his way to school and he was carrying a huge load of books stacked upon each other. While the boy was walking he was confronted by some bullies from his school. They mocked him, they called him terrible names, and they shoved him to the ground which toppled his books over, onto the ground and scattered them around. The boy sat there on the ground as the bullies went their ways and he began to cry uncontrollably in pain and heartache. A few moments later another boy came across his path, saw him there sitting on the ground in pain crying. This other boy began to pick up all of the scattered books that belonged to the boy on the ground. He then approached the boy on the ground, reached out his hand and said "Here, let me help you up." and then he asked "What is your name?" the crying boy replied "My name is Tim, but I don't know why anyone would care." The other boy said "My name is John, and I care. Tell me what happened and why you were on the ground crying?" Tim told John what happened, they then walked to school together, and they hit it off really well as friends, in fact they became best friends. Years passed by, and then they went to college. When they graduated college Tim became valedictorian and he said something so wonderful during his speech that was both shocking, and moving at the same time. Tim said "I would like to thank God for allowing me to be here today, and especially for bringing into my life my best friend John because if it were not for him I definitely would not be here. You see a long time ago I was on my way to school and I had all of my books with me, and some bullies pushed me down, then I met John, he helped me up, and was kind to me, and he was the only person that had been truly kind to me that year. For I was on may way to school taking all of my books back with a note attached to put into my locker, it was a suicide note. I was going to kill myself, but because I had someone who expressed compassion and cared enough to be kind to me, to literally lift me up when I was down, I decided I had a reason to live. Thank you John, thank you for showing me I'm not worthless." Tim graduated valedictorian with honors and his life was a success. Do you know that you can make an impact the way that John did for Tim? Or you can choose to be as the bullies were and push someone else down. Who do you choose to be? Be careful what you say to others, be careful how you treat them because not only could you kill their spirit and do so much damage on so many levels, but you can end up hurting yourself, and you do reap what you sow. When one is broken, we are all unmended. Separation is truly and illusion. Let your words speak life. Give someone the gift of love, compassion, and mercy, show them grace. You will feel so much better this way, and so will they. May God richly bless you.
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