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Praising Your Enemy

By Shawnaschuh
Forgiveness Mandala by Wayne Stratz

Forgiveness Mandala by Wayne Stratz (Photo credit: Nutmeg Designs)

Our quote today comes from a person named Lord Herbert


“He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.” 


Which is really – every person has need to be forgiven – so when we forgive we are forgiven – this is very fab!


So how do we be a forgiving person? To both ourselves and others?


By working on ourselves – by improving our characters which you are doing by reading this and other things that interest or inspire you.


By coaching, by learning, by doing.


The story is told that General Robert E. Lee was asked by Confederate President Jefferson Davis to give his opinion about a certain officer. Lee gave the officer a glowing report.

   One of the officers in attendance way greatly astonished by his words and said to Lee, “General, do you not know that the man of whom you speak so highly to the president is one of your bitterest enemies, and misses no opportunity to malign you?”

   “Yes,” said Lee, “but the president asked my opinion of him; he did not ask for his opinion of me.”

   When we speak well of our enemies, we are doing three things: First, we increase our own value. We show that we are able to rise above cheap criticism and bestow costly praise on another.

   Second, we diffuse our enemy’s criticism. Any person hearing both our praise of an enemy and our enemy’s disdain for us is likely to conclude that we are nothing like we have been described!

   Third, we reveal to others that we are diligent investigators. It takes an effort to find something good to say about someone who hates you: it takes little effort or intelligence to respond with hate or hurtful ridicule.


You Create Your Day by the way You Think! Be Present!

Go make it a Magnificent Day!


Blessings, Shawna

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