Believe that life will always get better
If it is true that we reap what we sow, then by sending kindness, we open the way for kindness to be returned to us.
Excerpt from the book of the Dalai Lama, essential wisdom“Since at the beginning of our life and at the end of our life we are so dependent on the kindness of others, how is it that in the middle we neglect kindness towards others”? (p.27)
My challenge comes from being kind, but firm. When I work with the special education students that I sometimes teach, I want to be pleasant without being stepped on.
If something goes wrong, we have to remember that things always get better.
Someone might say, “I had a lousy childhood” or “I can’t stay in a relationship” and “My health has always challenged me.” Here’s a perfect candidate for “things can only get better.”
Things always get better. When you believe it, it becomes true. The same way you believe it’s not getting better, it’s not getting better.
Sometimes we see what’s in the news and it seems like a day to close the paper to avoid buying into negative consciousness. In the meantime, I know that peace and harmony in our country, as well as in the world, is present. The more people live and breathe peace, the more certain we are of reaching the tipping point, the critical mass consciousness needed to heal our planet.
There’s so much truth to the bumper sticker that says, “Thought is one thing, think peace” — and things can only get better.
In the story of the prodigal son in the Bible, the younger son goes away with the money his father gave him. He squanders the money and works as a slave for food and shelter.
One day he thinks of his father’s servants who eat much better than him now. He decides to go home and ask his father for forgiveness and see if his father will let him work for a living.
He trudges home, and when his father sees him coming, he runs to the son and kisses him and throws a big party to welcome his home. His brother comes home and is a little “ticked” that his dad celebrates the son who strayed when he never did anything for his hard-working son.
His father said, “Your brother has given up his follies and come to his senses. Your brother was dead, he came back to life, he was lost and he is now found. (Luke 15)
In this case, at least for the younger brother, things have indeed improved.
Think of a family member or friend who may have wandered off or gone crazy, maybe for a few years. Very often when they return, having learned from their experiences, it is a cause for rejoicing.
That doesn’t mean we should try to ignore things that aren’t going the way we want them to, but we shouldn’t dwell on them. If we continue to focus on how bad everything is, we’re much more likely to get what we’re focusing on.
Reverend Sandra Smith is pastor of the Center for Spiritual Living in Kennewick. Questions and comments should be directed to Managing Editor Lucy Luginbill c/o Tri-City Herald Newsroom, 4253 W. 24th Avenue, Kennewick, WA 99338. Or email [email protected]