“When I try to understand others, not only am I able to find good in most people, but also love the good I find in them. Now in all honesty I can’t say I love everyone, and there are actually some people I don’t like. But I refuse to hate anyone. Hatred can consume us and prevent us from growing.”
We don’t have to grow spiritually to love ourselves and be happy in life, but it can help us have an open mind. Having an open mind can help us understand ourselves and our behaviors better. When we understand ourselves and why we do some of the negative things we do, we can change those behaviors and grow as a person.
Growing as a person can also help us have an open mind. Having an open mind can help us understand others and their behaviors better. When we understand others and why they do some of the negative things they do, we can have more empathy and compassion for them.
Having empathy and compassion for people can help us grow spiritually. We don’t have to grow spiritually to love ourselves and be happy in life, but it can help us love others and be happy with who we are.
“One way to change the world and make it a better place is to change what we think about ourselves and others. When we love and understand ourselves, we become much happier with who we are. When we try to love and understand others, we can all get along better. And when we’re happy with who we are, it becomes easier to get along with others. So by simply changing our thoughts, we can actually change the world and make it a better place.”
Something that still frustrates me today is how some people can be so closed-minded when it comes to gay people. Science tells us that we’re all made of the same stuff, and my personal belief is that if something created life and the universe it must have had a reason for why we’re “all” here. I believe it is to grow both spiritually and as a person, but it certainly doesn’t seem like someone is growing in any way if they can’t try to understand others and see there can be good in someone no matter what their sexual preferences are. When I try to understand others, not only am I able to find good in most people, but also love the good I find in them.
Now in all honesty I can’t say I love everyone, and there are actually some people I don’t like, but I refuse to hate anyone. Hatred can consume us and prevent us from growing. I don’t think everyone who is against a gay life style hates gay people, but many do seem consumed with anger over it, and this also stops our growth.
I believe love really is the universal language, and if there was ever a time when we needed more of it, I would say it’s now. It’s been my experience, however, that we need to learn to love ourselves first, and I can’t image how anyone can honestly love themselves when they act in hurtful and unloving ways.
Although I’ve made a lot progress in not doing things that make me feel bad, there are still times when I behave in ways I don’t like myself for. I realize, however, that I’m not perfect and that these types behavior can actually help me get back on the road to happiness.
For example; without the wrongs I’ve done in the past and the unhappiness they brought, I wouldn’t know how wonderful it feels when I do something good in my life. Also, without the negative behaviors I sometimes still display, I wouldn’t know how great it feels when I act in more positive and loving ways.
Without the negative we can’t experience the positive, but we can limit the negative by trying to be a better a person than we were before. I do this by practicing love, kindness, understanding, and tolerance toward others, and more importantly, toward myself on days when I’m not being the best me.
I may not be perfect, but when I practice these things as best I can, I feel happier in life and make others happier too.