“Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don’t want it. What appears bad manners, an ill temper or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.” – Miller Williams
I’ve heard this quote said in a few different ways, but not as beautiful as this. The part that really resonates with me is, “You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.” What an amazing use of words to explain the internal battles we all face. I’d like to say that I’m always happy and pleasant to every one that crosses my path, but, if I said that, I’d be lying. No one can be this way. Even the happiest and most positive of people face hard times. It’s impossible not to let it ooze out every now and again, and, sadly, to others that don’t deserve it. But this is just a sign of things “no ears have heard, no eyes have seen.” It’s these internal battles that become too hard to fight alone.
We can ALL relate to this so I think it’s a great reminder that every one else in this world goes through the same rough patches. They don’t mean to seem rude or cynical, it just happens now and again. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Instead of responding negatively and with judgement or disgust, maybe offer them a little extra kindness. It’s love and positivity that they need, not a double dose of negativity. Be compassionate to their battle. I bet one day down the road you will need the same compassion and karma can work wonders 😉
As H. Jackson Brown Jr. said, “Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something.” Just like you!