Friday, January 25, 2019
It seems to be an immutable rule of the universe
That what is in our hearts oozes out
Leaving a faint trail
As we wander through our day
The wise have warned us
“by your fruits they will know you” (Jesus)
“wherever you go there you are” (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
‘for out of the heart comes evil….” (Jesus)
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time” (Maya Angelou)
it does not matter
how careful we are
or how hard we try to hide
the truth, as they say, will “out”
who we are will leak into the space around us
and shape that space
for good or for ill
Some have said that if we want to know who, or what
We really are, we should look to ourselves
How we think and speak about others?
How we treat those who have less than we do?
How we behave when no one is looking?
How we deal with mistakes and failures?
How we behave when we are upset?
But I suspect that what most reveals who and what we are
is the atmosphere we create around us
the impact we have on those who cross our paths
what do we elicit?
do we bring out the best in others, or the worst?
do we cause people to be more open, or more protective?
do we elicit kindness, or cruelty?
Inclusion, or exclusion?
Love or hate?
As we stumble through life, what lingers behind us?
A sweet smelling aroma of love, and kindness?
Or something else?
Someone once wrote, “joy is contagious, catch it!”
So is forgiveness, and peace, and love
What are people catching from us?
What are they catching from me?
It all depends, I do believe
On what we carry in our souls,
On what is in our hearts
If we want a better world
If we want a better life
It is not matter of changing the world around us
It is not a matter of changing the people around us
It is a matter of letting the sacred permeate
The world within in us
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Jesus does not call us to do what he did, but to be as he was, permeated with love. Then the doing of what he did and said becomes the natural expression of who we are in him.”