Last week we got a rude shock when we found someone we trusted cheated us financially. I’m not getting into the details, but it left us shaken for a few days. At times like this, it’s hard to have faith in the human race. You begin to wonder : Who do I trust? How do we begin to forgive? How do continue to be kind when you find that the people you’ve been kind sometimes turn around and cheat you? In the midst of this, I see this quote calling for allowing our hearts to expand to love and I wonder how to do it.
The more that we allow our hearts to expand to love, deeply appreciate, and feel inextricably tied to the places, things and people of this world, the more we are likely to take a stand on behalf of what we value.
– Kristi Nelson
Allowing Our Hearts To Expand
I start to think of all I’ve written about gratitude, authenticity and vulnerability. How can I believe and write all this and yet doubt that everything is working for my good? I know there are lessons to be learned through this experience.
So I need allow my heart to expand. To see beyond the obvious about people and situations. If I am to take a stand for the things I really value, and the principles I’m trying to live by, then I must allow love, gratitude, forgiveness and kindness to guide my actions.
Believe me when I say, it’s not easy. I yearn for revenge. I long to mete out punishment. For a brief moment, I want this person to suffer the consequences of his action. But I think of all the Grace that I have received in life, and I know that revenge and punishment are not options.
I hope I can stay true to my principles when confronted with evil.
How do you cope with situations like this?