I'm always so aware that when I'm really hurting, I am more susceptible to hurting others. So when I meet someone who seems especially angry or sad, I try to remember that and offer a smile, a kind word, an open door or whatever I can.
I saw this posted on Facebook the other day and just have to say Amen to it! It said:
"Hurt people hurt people. That's how pain patterns get passed on, generation after generation after generation. Break the chain today. Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion, cruelty with kindness. Greet grimaces with smiles. Forgive and forget about finding fault. Love is the weapon of the future." The saying is credited to author Yehuda Berg, co-founder of the Kabbalah Center.
This is all easier said than done. But it's so worth doing. And it can make a difference—if not immediately to the other person, then to you.
And love—that has far more power than any anger, hatred or violence ever does for change and transformation. Let's add some more to the world today!