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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Our Enemies ... Take Another Look!

Who has harmed you?

I'm not talking about enemies in the impersonal, geo-political sense of the word, as in wars, but enemies as in those individuals whom you consider personal enemies.

In my practice a frequent manner of viewing the enemy is in the guise of an ex-spouse or ex-partner.

My purpose today is not to ask you what was done to you and then to say that it was not as bad as you imagined it to be.

Nor is it to ask you to forgive those who have trespassed against you.

My purpose is to ask you to consider this: how have you grown since whatever it was that was done, was actually done? Have you taken advantage of life's offerings in order to grow through your difficulties?

This is a lot less crazy than it sounds.

Those who make us suffer unwittingly offer us the opportunity for growth. It is up to us whether we decide to take that opportunity or not. Those of you who have taken it, know who you are, because you have grown and changed - often in such a way that as you now look back, you realize you like yourself - perhaps even admire yourself - much more as you are now, than the way you were before. And you know it might not have happened if your enemies had not trespassed against you.

Take another look at your enemies...

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