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Soften Your Heart

People who have allowed themselves to become embittered by the problems they have encountered in life make me sad.  They build walls around their hearts and turn their resentment outward. They lash out at everyone who crosses their path.  No offering of kindness or compassion can reach them, and their perception of life becomes skewed. 

Certainly there are times when life knocks us down and leaves us hurt and bewildered, I've found myself in that position more times than I can count.  But I also have to be honest and say that at least 50% (maybe more like 90%) of the time I am responsible because of the poor choices I made.  People with hardened hearts tend to blame everyone and everything for their troubles but themselves. They never accept accountability for their actions and the resulting reactions.

I've found that no matter how angry, hurt, or upset I am at a given moment, if I wait a few days or weeks, or sometimes even months, that tiny spark of hope within me starts a flame burning and before long I'm ready to reach out and give life another go again. 

I don't want to be the bitter old woman in the nursing home who is a chronic complainer and has nothing nice to say to anyone, I want to be the one with the smile, the compliment, and the encouraging word.  I want to spend the years remaining in my life being kind and caring and trying to remind people that despite all the bad things that happen, it is still a beautiful world, and life is a blessed experience.
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I'm linking up with In Other Words over at Patricia's Place
where the writing prompt was the following quotation:
"Have a heart that never hardens,
a temper that never tries,
               and a touch that never hurts ."             
-  Charles Dickens

10 comments:

  1. You are so right! I think it is sad when folks have hard hearts. They are not only hurting others but they are hurting themselves. Like you I hope I never become bitter. Have you noticed that it is hard to find any beauty in a bitter person? I want to be an old woman who's wrinkles are beautiful. :)

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    1. This is true, one never sees a happy person with a hard heart. Joy comes with openness and compassion for others. I love your concept of beautiful wrinkles. I have known ladies like that! John has a 97 year old great-aunt who fits the bill perfectly! I want to be like her as I grow older.

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  2. I already know kindness and goodness will not be difficult for you.

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    1. Thank you Gail. Some days it comes easy, but there are moments when I'm not very proud of how I respond to others.

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  3. I want to be the kind old lady too! And I truly believe we both will be. :)

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    1. I think the desire is a big step in the right direction, Kristi, we have a goal to aim for, and I try to keep it in the forefront of my mind, most days I succeed. Some days I fail miserably but I try again the next day!

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  4. That's how i want to live my life, with a soft heart.

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    1. I suspect that is exactly how you are, Mimi! I love all the wonderful ways you show compassion to others in your community and to the critters there too! What a great example for your kids!!

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Your comments are always appreciated... they make me smile! :-)