Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Dance of Love

It might be the polite thing to do something loving for someone who does something loving to you, but it is the right thing to do something loving for someone who does something hateful to you. That doesn't mean you have to stay within reach of further harm, but it means that even if it's from afar, love is what you send even when what you received was hatred flung at you from behind a fortress of fear and anger. Your lovingkindness might never yield a result that you witness, but it's still the right thing to do for you. You will heal faster, even from their abuse, by filling your heart with love and forgiveness. Forgiveness doesn't send the message that what happened was right. It sends the message that right does exist and that is what you are choosing. Right over more wrong. Love over more hate. We can change the dance of anger, hatred, and fear. It begins when we allow ourselves to learn the steps to the dance of love and forgiveness.