“The people that act against you the hardest do so out of fear. Show them the love in your heart. By so doing you give them the potential to step out of their fear and understand you better”
These words came at the summation of a dream in which a particular child had co-opted a class in order to ridicule a group of top set students and the teacher. One of the top set students had just successfully rebutted the efforts and was looking to make peace. She held her hand out to the other student (for a handshake) and was pushed to the floor. She returned to her feet and then encompassed the other student in a hug. It was at this point the other student let go of the barriers and dissolved into tears.
This demonstrates a non-aggressive way to resolve a confrontation. None of us truly wish to be in these types of aggressive situations. I personally try to avoid confrontational circumstances but I am slowly learning that sometimes it is necessary to challenge someone in a caring way in order to steer the correct agenda.
Whilst the answer to many situations we face in life may not be as simple as to hug someone the message to me seems clear. When someone is working against us, when they upset, frustrate, ridicule, offend or even physically hurt us we can still choose to act with compassion and love (although this may not be easy). How can we teach people that do these things to us to respect us if we do not set the example of respecting them?
Love is the energy that can accomplish great things, passion is a tremendous driving force in our lives, by using both in combination what can we each achieve?