“Every experience you have can be lifted up through the power of unconditional acceptance and love. Every experience, no matter how seemingly painful! God does not work alone. He needs your cooperation. You should not work alone either. When you try to live depending on yourself alone, you stumble and fall. Only when you think and act beyond your immediate ego needs does your life become subject to the law of grace.
To honor and care for yourself is your responsibility. Anything that honors you cannot possibly hurt another. But to act in a selfish way, placing your good above another’s, invites conflict and resentment. The ways of the world are harsh in this regard. One who takes advantage of others may be feared but he is not loved. When his fortune changes, which it invariably does, and he begins to self-destruct, they are more than happy to help pull him down.
The outside world inevitably reflects back to you the fruits of your thoughts and actions. That is why we say, “As you sow, so shall you reap.”
Paul Ferrini, in “The Silence of the Heart”
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