Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. – Woodrow T. Wilson
People are flocking to personal development and spiritual modalities like crazy these days. Or they might be at church, mass, or temple enjoying various religions of their choosing, or for some, not their choosing.
But the point is, we are all trying to become better people. If you really want to test yourself and see if you’re on track with your development, consider contemplating these five points below. Chew on them for a while before immediately rejecting them and just see what you think. Turn them towards someone who you wish would apologize and ask yourself if this isn’t what you’d want from them.
Then see yourself doing the same for others. If you have trouble forgiving people, then you can use this information to help you visualize how it would feel to have someone forgive you for something you’ve done. Then, when you’re comfortable with that, you can change the visualization and see yourself forgiving someone who’s harmed you.
Try to give them the same feelings that you got from the person that forgave you. If you’re feeling fear or stagnation in your life, or depression and sadness, these exercises will help you become free from what others think. We often trap ourselves with what others think, their judgement and opinions and it causes us to feel unworthy, insecure, and isolated in our culture. But you can change that now, no matter what you believe. And if you can’t physically apologize to people, just practice in your head. It will be effective in taking you to the next step in your journey.
- When you can genuinely apologize to someone without needing them to respond back to you, then you no longer care what they think.
- When you can admit your wrongs about yourself, without excusing yourself with blame on something or someone else, then you no longer care what others think.
- When you apologize to someone for the sake of peace, and not for the emotional or physical comfort people bring you, then you no longer care what others think.
- When you can apologize without explaining or reasoning your actions to that other person, but simply use your mistakes to better yourself next time, then you no longer care what others think.
- When you can truly apologize and forgive someone as an act of giving, with no expectations, than you no longer care what others think.
It would be tough being this type of person with all people and at all times, but just aiming yourself in the right direction will be enough to get you on track. When you live your life unconditionally loving others in this way, it frees you up from what others think of you – their judgements and opinions, good or bad. The spiritual meaning it brings is profound. It’s up to you to find that in your own journey, but you will. We all know the right thing to do, and we all talk about these right things to do, but it’s really tough to walk that talk, which is where we all need to ramp-up to for significant changes in our social and environmental efforts. If we want a better world, we have to be better people.
Love and Peace