There are times in your life when you feel more engaged in being loving, but there are also times when you feel in some way that you wish to get even, that you wish to change what is, that you wish to overcome something. Such desires are entirely human. The idea of getting even means the wish to somehow be in balance with another individual or set of ideas or principles. It is natural if you feel faulted or incorrectly blamed for something to wish to do all that can be done to right the record, to reestablish the balance. That is human, but being fully loving means that you are not anxious to get back at, to even the score. It means that you accept the fallibility of your own life and the lives of all others. You accept that there will always be disagreements, different viewpoints that are expressed in so many different ways. When you feel set upon, threatened, unjustly criticized, or misunderstood, when you feel your views are not universally shared, it is time to step back. It is time to stop, to hold onto the moment and understand really what is being said, what is being asked for, what is being expressed.
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