Words to Live By

As we approach the anniversary of the Twin Towers falling, I am saddened by the hatred that seems to be overpowering what could be unifying remembrances. Instead of discussing the significance of our memories around Ground Zero, we are name-calling and belittling those who seek to build something new. Instead of using this opportunity to share each other’s faiths, we are burning each other’s texts.

I am reminding myself that there is more to us than the hatred and divisiveness. I am focusing on those who are trying to educate and on those who are serving others. I am reminding myself that when we lost the Towers, we lost Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, atheists, and agnostics. I am reminding myself that we still have much to learn from each other.

All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are.
Humility gives it its power.
(Tao Te Ching)

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (Bible)

When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us. (Arapaho)

None of you truly believes until they wish for their brother [or sister] what they wish for themselves.
(Qu’ran)

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. (Confucius)

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. (Buddha)

All of Creation is related.
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all
. (Lakota)

Do not get equal with one who has done you wrong, or keep hard feelings against the children of your people, but have love for your neighbor as for yourself: I am the Lord. (Torah)

If, however, a person setteth about speaking well of another, opening his lips to praise another, he will touch an answering chord in his hearers and they will be stirred up by the breathings of God. (Baha’i)

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned. (Buddha)

Give evil nothing to oppose and it will disappear by itself. (Tao Te Ching)

I am reminded that we need to listen more, and I am thankful for the lesson. As you educate, as you share, and as you remember, may peace find you.

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