BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, December 6th, 2018 by Marianne Williamson in EVERYDAY GRACE

“There is something to learn from every encounter. If someone is kind to us, the lesson is to be grateful, not to take kindness for granted, and, most important, to graciously return their kindness. If someone is not kind, the lesson is to rise above that, because reacting to them is like throwing gasoline on a fire. Anger does nothing more than deplete our personal power. As Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis once said to a friend, “Only amateurs stay mad.”

Someone who behaves in a non-loving way has simply forgotten who they are, and the role of the miracle worker is to remind them of the truth by remaining in touch with it ourselves. Our job is to remain awake to the eternal innocence at the heart of everyone, that in our presence other people might wake up to it as well. The light in our own mind will help dissolve the darkness in someone else’s, but only if we refuse to judge or blame them for what we view as their errors. Our perception of someone essential innocence as a child of God is the light, in a metaphysical sense, while our focus on someone’s guilt is the darkness. To cast “light” on something simply means to understand it more deeply.”

Marianne Williamson, in “Everyday Grace”

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