George Bernard Shaw is one of my favourite authors. I found the quote below on a friend’s Facebook page, and couldn’t resist sharing. I have a lot of work to do.
He once wrote, ―”The greatest sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. Indifference can be one of the most hurtful ways of behaviour. Never should we in life allow ourselves to turn away, walk on the other side of the street, and pretend we didn‘t see, or prohibit involvement in accepted ways. We need to learn to love everyone, even those who are difficult.
A warm handshake and a friendly smile can be wonderfully healing medicine. Conversely, how unwise we are when we declare, ―I‘ll never speak to him again. Never is a long time, and even those who have caused heartache or shame are not beyond ultimate repentance. Sometimes hurts to the heart are more damaging than physical blows. Yes, they may take longer to heal, but they will heal more quickly, if we avoid bitterness and anger, and practice forgiveness.
As we support the efforts of those who are trying to work through their challenges, we should be helpful, and will be if we can extend, compassion, patience, and love. It is a sad day when any one of us surrenders to sin or circumstances. Many of those waiting, have often been hurt by thoughtless words and deeds of those around them. Blessed is he or she who avoids being offended. There are appropriate and acceptable assignments which can and should be given to those who are in this waiting period.” George Bernard Shaw.
Until the next post,