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An old woman died after living a long dignified life. When she met God, she asked Him something that had long bothered her. "If man was created in God's Image, and if all men are created equal, why do people treat each other so badly?"
God replied that each person who enters our life has a unique lesson to teach us; and, it is through these lessons that we learn about life, people, relationships and God. This confused the woman, so God began to explain.
"When someone lies to you, it teaches you that things are not always as they seem. The truth is often far beneath the surface. Look beyond the masks people wear if you want to know their heart. And remove your own masks to let people know yours.
When someone steals from you, it teaches you that nothing in the physical world lasts forever. Always appreciate what you have, for you never know when you might lose it. And never, ever take your friends and family for granted - because today is the only time that you may still be with them.
When someone inflicts an injury upon you, it teaches you that the human state is a fragile one. Protect and take care of your body as best as you can and remember it is temporary, but also the Temple of your Spirit.
When someone mocks you, it teaches you that no two people are alike. When you encounter people who are different from you, don't judge them by how they look or speak; instead realize that they may not yet have learned to express the True Qualities of their Immortal Spirit.
When someone breaks your heart, it teaches you that loving someone does not always mean that a person will love you back. But don't turn your back on love, because the very action of loving in itself brings a joy that can make up for all the past hurts put together.
When someone holds a grudge against you, it teaches you that everyone makes mistakes. When you are wronged, the most virtuous thing you can do is forgive the offender without pretense. Forgiving those who have hurt us is the most difficult, the most courageous and the noblest thing a person can do.
When a loved one is unfaithful to you, it teaches you that resisting temptation is one of humanity's great challenges. Be vigilant in your resistance against all temptation. By doing so, you will be rewarded with an enduring sense of satisfaction in your mastery that is far greater than the temporary sense pleasure by which you were tempted.
When someone cheats you, it teaches you that greed is the root of all evil. Aspire to make your dreams come true no matter how lofty they may be. Do not feel guilty about your success, but never let an obsession with achieving your goals lead you to engage in selfish activities at the expense of others.
When someone ridicules you, it teaches you that most people have imperfections. Accept people for their merits and be tolerant of their flaws. Do not ever reject someone for imperfections over which they have no conscious control."
Upon hearing the Lord's Wisdom, the old woman became concerned that there were no lessons to be learned from a person's good deeds. God replied that humanity's capacity to love is the greatest gift it has to give. At the root of all kindness is love, and each act of love also teaches us a lesson.
The woman's curiosity deepening, God once again began to explain.
"When someone loves us, it teaches us that love, kindness, charity, honesty, humility, forgiveness and acceptance can counteract all the evil in the world. For every good deed, there is one less evil deed. Man alone has the power to control the balance between good and evil, but because the lessons of love are not taught often enough, the power is too often abused or unused.
When you enter someone's life, whether by plan, chance or coincidence, consider what your lesson will be. Will you teach love or a harsh lesson of circumstance?
When you die, will your life have resulted in more loving or hurting? More comfort or pain? More joy or sadness? Each person has power over the balance of love in the world. Use it wisely."
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