Do you sometimes find it’s so much easier to judge others than to see into their hearts?

I think we all do.  But finding the right path for myself is difficult enough — and an ongoing challenge — and to presume that I can determine the right path for another is a big stretch.

In my personal life and during this time of painful tension in our country, I hope to be more patient with those I love — and those I don’t love as much or even at all. I hope to be kind in the face of unkindness, patient in the face of impatience, while still standing up for the things I believe.

How are you doing on this difficult journey? What inspires you to stay on the road?

6 Comments

  1. Penny A Prichard on May 15, 2016 at 6:24 am

    I really try to live by two guiding principles. The first is the motto of the Moravian faith, “In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, understanding. In all things, love”. The second is a personal yardstick that helps me determine what is essential. When confronted with a situation I ask myself if the outcome will effect world peace. If the answer is ” No”, and it usually is, then I move on. I really try to abide by these two guiding principles but sometimes, many times, I get caught up in the strife of this world. Very often the situation will peak and I will be forced to remind myself, is this essential? Will this effect world peace? If it won’t effect world peace then it should not effect mine either.

    • Emilie Richards on May 15, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      I very much appreciate the way you make these decisions. I love that motto and thank you for sharing it here.

  2. Martha O'Quinn on May 15, 2016 at 8:34 am

    It’s a daily struggle and at the end of the day I promise myself to do better the next day. Hopefully the good outweighs the bad, Patience and kindness make for unconditional love. My children thank me for that on a regular basis. That is what makes me determined to always “do better.”

    • Emilie Richards on May 15, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Patience and kindness mean so much, don’t they? I’m glad your children appreciate that and you.

  3. Nancy Lepri on May 15, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I stay on the road through prayer.

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