Awaken the Courage to be Kind (Expanded)
Awaken the Courage to be Kind (Expanded)
  • Posted: February 9, 2004
  • 235 words
Key Lesson

There are times when true kindness requires a certain courage on our part, as in when we must quietly remind those who want to drag us into their negative states that we are not a trash can meant for their garbage!


I know someone who drives me crazy, and I want to help him by sharing the truths I am learning. Without using interfering tactics, how can we help others to come awake to themselves?

One of the most difficult aspects of our work is learning to bear the unpleasant manifestations of people around us. But this can also help us grow quickly. If by interfering tactics you mean, "make someone see the light," it is impossible. But if we will do our work, which often requires waiting out our own unpleasantness before speaking, then not only can we lend someone a helpful word or action, but they will see that we are behaving differently. This willingness on our part to inwardly accept the weight of our own burdens first is really the best invitation to others to become interested in this Work.

I see a great opportunity arising soon to speak the truth to someone about something, but I am deathly afraid to do so! Where can I find the courage I need to proceed?

If you can see the truth of the following insight, it will lend you a surprising form of strength: Refusing any life-lessons increases their density. Besides which, there is no escaping the lessons that life would have us learn. Don't think about the outcome of being truthful; consider instead the effects of living with lies. Then, come awake and proceed!

Excerpted From: Seeker's Guide to Self-Freedom: Truths for Living, pages 171-172.

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