Do not allow difference of opinion, or diversity of thought to separate you from your fellow men, or to be the cause of dispute, hatred and strife in your hearts. Rather, search diligently for the truth and make all men your friends. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, pp. 53-54)
Recently the police have made many visits to our apartment building to deal with issues such as domestic disturbance, disturbing the peace, drug dealing and harboring criminals. On one occasion, there was even an entire SWAT team securing our building while they were making an arrest. All of these situations were at my previously quiet end of the hallway. It’s been very distressing and even triggering old childhood trauma, where I didn’t feel safe in my house. I found myself judging these neighbours harshly and insisting the landlord take action to have them evicted. A social worker representing the landlord took me aside and quietly encouraged me to get to know them as people, instead of seeing only their faults and problems and how they were impacting me. Two other tenants told me the same thing.
Ouch! I’m the Bahá’í, a homefront pioneer, representing the Faith in this post. I’m the one who should be remembering this and helping my neighbors remember it too. It was a hard pill to swallow.
Knowing that I have this quote to memorize and put into action, I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read through today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Letting Go of Criticizing Others