The Lord is in all of us. We all share a light that connects us to each other and to Him. This is why we should be loving, patient, and tolerant with those around us. When we serve others, we are indirectly loving ourselves.
However, there are times when we find ourselves surrounded by people, conversations, and beliefs that do not help us on our path, but rather try to distract us. I judged people and circumstances when they “sounded wrong.” I grew resentful for things said and done, which later resulted in my own negative or unloving thoughts and behavior.
As we awaken, we find gifts and fruits in the people who challenge us and redirect us towards love over and over again. We also will work to serve them in the very same way. We will also find many who will not be so loving. Many who will have much to criticize. Many who will be self-righteous in their ways and thoughts. Many who aim to be right and “good” rather than loving and compassionate. Leave them behind.
Socrates said, "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Now you are aware of your light focus on spreading it. To your old habits, circles, and beliefs--forgive them. Gently walk away. They may not be awake. They know not what they do. God will call them when it is their time. Let them go gently on their path.
In the meantime, look for people who remind you of God’s love, who push you to see it in people, and who build character, not corrupt it. Focus your energy on people, places, and things that remind that God is always present. This is the spiritual journey.
Consuelo Reinitz, Pink Fries Paperie