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Perpetual Recrimination

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finger pointingIn the hearts of men and women, the truth lays. Despite what we may try to convince ourselves and what we may try to convince others, the truth remains the same. When we try to prove right to another what we know to be the truth in our hearts, we have made the focus about ourselves, rather than about the truth itself.

There is no need to force belief or to cut down one’s actions and motives, for in doing so we have cut off our own legs, and poked out our own eyes. Blinded from what is truly right we seek to place blame, and find a “truth” that pleases the mind rather than sits well in the heart.

No amount of blame and no amount of finger pointing can free us from our self-imprisonment. When we would rather pick the fight rather than understanding what is, then we have already lost.

The truth for the sake of truth is an empty promise. Justice for the sake of justice is a dead weight. When one can put down his finger, so too will the other. When one can walk openly in acceptance, so too will the other.

Escaping Justice

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Casey Anthony verdict What is justice? Is it punishment meted out by courts? Is it being seen as the victor in the eyes of peers? Is it never forgetting the harm and the cruelty inflicted by others? Is it the vindication of perceived and real slights? Is it the recognition of one’s disenchantment and dehumanization? Is it being seen as an equal in the eyes of those who claim no equals? Is it an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth? What is justice to you?

Perhaps justice is none of these things. Perhaps like so many other things, it is simply an illusion of temporary fulfillment? And though it does not fulfill the heart, it pleases the mind to know that one’s cause has not been forgotten. However, if one were to truly accept of themselves and to love of themselves, would justice still exist? Would it have a purpose, or would it simply stand as a distraction?

Though the mind may be pleased, true justice comes when the heart can forgive and the mind can accept. Rather than putting a pain away for another day, peace is realized and justice fades away as another form of judgment we place on one another. Justice in the eyes of men and women become empty breaths of despair. Justice is not the mob. It is neither punishment nor retribution. Justice, seen and felt in the soul is love, understanding.

Fighting Resentment

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resentmentHow much can we give of ourselves before we break? How much is too much? Is there such a thing as too much when we are all here to help one another? Does it make us selfish to take a step back; even if that means someone we are trying to help sinks back as well? Are the fruits of our actions more important than the intent, or does our desire to do good outweigh any consequence?

Often times when we help someone, we want so much for another person to change, or a given outcome, that when that change does not come, we become resentful. We become resentful that we put our efforts and energy into something that was not accepted. We become resentful that our words were not heard. We become resentful that what was heard or accepted was not fully on the mark. We become resentful that what was supposed to be easy was made more difficult.

Perhaps the lesson is not just for the person to be had, but for us. If we truly gave freely, would there be a need to see a desired outcome? If we truly wanted what was best for another person, would we not allow that person to seek understanding in the best way possible for them, even if we do not understand the reasons ourselves? If we truly sought the best for another person, would we not stop measuring the benefits to ourselves? To give freely, is to love without condition. To love without condition is to have compassion and understanding in the face of suffering.

Open Your Heart to the Multitude

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Jesus feeds the multitude
You cannot ask for guidance and then when it comes turn your back on what is shown.
You cannot ask for guidance and then pretend it never came.

Open your heart that you should see the message.
Open your heart that you should hear the truth.
Open your heart that you should speak up against injustice.
Open your heart that you will forgive yourself.
Open your heart that you will be at peace.
Open your heart that you will feel loving grace.
Open your heart that you would hold nothing above another.
Open your heart that you would recognize love.
Open your heart that you would embrace your brothers and sisters.

Open your heart to the multitude.

Written by Sidewalk Bends

December 11, 2009 at 6:09 am