Every day we encounter people who are angry, or judgemental, or just plain unpleasant to be around. For the most part, we try to avoid these negative influences and for good reason. Happiness can be a fragile thing sometimes. But I think we have to remember that nobody wants to be grumpy, or needy, or upset. If they are, there’s usually a reason. And sometimes that reason is heartbreaking.
So many people have had to endure unbelievable tragedy and hardship in their life, and are doing all they can just to hold on. If you have seen nothing but injustice all your life, you will be angry. If you have had everything you value ripped away from you, you will feel needy. If you have been betrayed time and again by those you trust, you will be jealous. And if you have been told from childhood that you are never going to be good enough, you will be judgemental.
People aren’t born this way. People are born happy and loving and hopeful. Only through pain do people become so damaged that their only way to survive is to lash out, to release the storm that was created within them against their will.
We need to be the calm in the chaos. The lighthouse in the storm. A hug, a smile, a kind word. People need to be reminded that there is good in this world, and in themselves. We need to help them to see the beauty and light inside them, so the healing can begin. We need to be patient, and understand that it is not us they lash out at, but phantoms from a painful past.
Inside every angry or needy or vindictive person is a frightened little child, crying and alone.
And we always need to show compassion. Because whether or not we know or admit it, sometimes that child is us.
I love you all very much! Have a beautiful day! ☺?
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