Monday, 27 October 2008

The Evil We See

Watching: Diana; In Her Own Words
Quiet Afternoon

If a man has beheld evil, he may know that it was shown to him in order that he learn his own guilt and repent; for what is shown to him is also within him.- Baal Shem Tov

Oh how true the above words are.
How often I will see or hear something and very quickly to judge others. There are people who can be quite cutting and biting with their words. Statements come quick and sharp.
There are times I am willing to give grace. At others, I am ready (and have a few times) to give as good as I'd gotten.
But how many times have I been sharp or short with another?
How many times have I'd seem a child disrespect their parnets and shake my head in disapproval and the Spirit of G-d remind me of my disrespect of my mum as a teen. How often i have heard the way spouses have spoken to their beloved, only to be reminded of a moment when my tone wasn't very loving or respectful. How often Mark has come home and thanked me for being his wife and loving him when he sees the disrepect of a man to his wife.
Today, as we worked on the Newletter, talk turned to, as they do these days, to the election.
Mark was telling me about a friend of ours who was home for a wedding, had actually been hit while walking the streets in New York.
Her crime?
Wearing a MacCain button.
And this story is true.
Why couldn't the walkerby just agree to disagree?
Mark often says the things we see in others that we don't like, are the very things that are in us.
How very true
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