Friday, May 11, 2018

What Now?

One of the reasons I haven’t posted much recently is that I’ve had little to post about. I can go on about my cats for just so long before everyone begins to brush cat hair off their monitors and yells, “Enough already with the cats!” My “outings” are more likely to be doctor’s appointments than anything else, and do not make riveting reading. 

But I’ve collected quote for years, and I wonder what my two or three readers would make of them.  So I’m going to begin posting some of my favourites
and hopefully others will comment, and we can discuss them, politely of course, because some of them are “challenging” - which is why I saved them when I ran across them. (grin)

Today's quote, from Jean Vanier, who will doubtless be nominated for sainthood when he leaves this earth, is not challenging, but keeping it in mind at all times, and with all people, certainly can be.

What do you think? When someone pushes your buttons are you likely to remember the principle embodied by this quote? I'm not, though I really try - when I remember. 

“We human beings are all fundamentally the same. We all belong to a common broken humanity. We all have human wounded, broken hearts. Each one of us needs to feel appreciated and understood. We all need help.” ~ Jean Vanier


SMM said...

I think that it is a quote that was in the heart of woman of the Muslim faith who met with the Halifax police officer who took to social media to reveal his racism. She was far kinder to him in their face to face meeting after his comments than I would have been.

Meryl Baer said...

Wonderful sentiments, true ideals, but in the heat of arguments or events often forgotten. In times like today too many politicians and talking heads verbally abuse opponents, believing (or acting as if they believe) opponents are inferior beings. I hope for more uplifting times in the future.

Deb said...

It's hard to hold your tongue in the face of injustice or cruelty. But where we were once taught to be civil and polite, even in disagreement, the tactic now seems to be to be evisceration, often before even reading the entire comment. Few try to understand that others have legitimate differences, needs and solutions. More than ever before we need to keep in mind that we are all cracked vessels, or personally I'm going to end up a hermit. LOL

Arkansas Patti said...

Yes, yes, yes. It is so simple yet we persist in making things complicated.

Deb said...

That's very true Patti. You put your finger on the point. If we can remember to be kind, that's all we need.