Verily I say, the tongue is for mentioning what is good, defile it not with unseemly talk. God hath forgiven what is past. Henceforward everyone should utter that which is meet and seemly, and should refrain from slander, abuse and whatever causeth sadness in men. (Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 182)
We live in a society that glorifies gossip and is steeped in negativity. I’m working to eliminate these behaviors in my life. The other morning, one of my neighbors was complaining about the weather (as Canadians love to do) and to find a connection with him, I agreed. It was a dreary, icy, slippery day. But then I caught myself and remembered that I didn’t want to connect with people that way anymore, so I added “but I’ve decided to have a good day anyway.” That felt a lot better.
We’ve been asked by the House of Justice to find ways to elevate conversations and I think this is the recipe for overcoming mentioning the faults in people or events. I love the idea that God has forgiven what is past. If I’m holding on to a resentment against someone who God has already forgiven, why can’t I? The world will indeed become a rose garden if we can uplift the hearts of men.
Resolving to forgive easily and speak only positive things, I am grateful.
What jumped out for you as you read 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 Learning How to Forgive