The author, poet Kalil Gibran, a Christian from Lebanon, passed in 1931 but seemed right on the mark for today when he said:
“I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.”
With all of the loud mouths in our faces today, our lessons are surely stacking up. We should stop and perhaps be grateful for these times that have many of us scratching our heads. When we listen we learn peace.
When we hear hate, there is a peaceful lesson in learning how to be accepting and tolerant. We are bigger people when we turn our back on small mindedness.
And, being unkind to our fellow man and woman goes against all teachings of religion and spirituality. There is nothing that brings peace to you like an act of kindness.
Difficult and harsh lessons can lead us all to peace in our own lives.