"The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but...to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment." - Dorothy Nevill
Most of the time, we do know right from wrong, don't we? We know how to push one another's buttons as well as we know how to leave well enough alone and pull for love.
And yet, we tend to be intent on pushing buttons rather than pulling for love, for somehow not doing what we know in our hearts is the right thing to do.
How do I know this to be true? By watching what's happening in the world, on a macro-level, for starters. Add to that the heated conversations and over-the-top political ads that are flooding the airwaves as the mid-term elections draw near and you'll see button-pushing at it's "finest" (er, worst).
It would be easy to jump into the fray, to join the "button-pushers," particularly in those tempting moments, wouldn't it? But would good would that do you or me or any of us, really?
I'm reminded of a quote by Marianne Williamson who said, "An angry generation cannot create peace."
We must begin then, on a micro-level, each and every one of us, to create that peace - to pull for love. It begins in our hearts and in our minds, not somewhere outside of ourselves or with someone else. When it starts on the inside, we won't have to worry about saying "the wrong thing in the tempting moment."
To begin the movement, to help get the momentum going (not just sometimes or in areas of your life where it's convenient), consider living by these words, often attributed to the late Mother Teresa:
People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Try to be successful anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do it anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help, but they may attack you if you help them.
Help them anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
Pull for love, for peace, for understanding, for goodness and kindness, for sharing the best that’s inside of you.
And always remember: where there’s a will, there’s an anyway.