Being treated unkindly is never a pleasant experience, and it can be hard not to focus on being treated unfairly.
I recently watched my five year-old daughter get bullied by an older boy at the park.
As I stood up and started to walk over so that I could deal with the situation, I hesitated as I watched my older daughter and a friend rush over to her. They helped her up off the ground as they gave her hugs and wiped away her tears and then turned to give warning looks to the older boy.
Within moments my little girl had resumed playing, all traces of hurt gone and any thoughts of the boy’s unkindness forgotten.
It made me think of how Jesus must have dealt with the many hurtful situations he was faced with during his lifetime.
His messages were never of anger or hurt, but of love and forgiveness.
It is inevitable that each of us will experience heartache at the hands of another during our lives, but if we pick ourselves up and acknowledge the hurt, and then let it go as we turn our thoughts and focus forward to those things that bring us joy, how much happier will we be?
Buddha said, “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
May joy be your shadow today, and may you share that shadow with others as you influence with love and forgiveness!