“On remaining open-minded – Only the open-minded can be at peace, for they alone see reason for it.” – Meditations From A Course In Miracles
I am open-minded about other religions. I can see why people choose each faith and it does not cause internal conflict when I remain open-minded about it. When I close my mind to my own faith and lock others out, I become debatable, offended and resentful. This was, yet, another lesson I learned recently when my open-minded friends lovingly showed me the error of my ways.
This vicious, hateful and selfish person that I had become disturbed me. I wanted to seek peace, kindness, compassion, love and understanding and I was no where close to any of that. In fact, I still struggle with it everyday.
Yesterday was an excellent example. In the last quarter of our backyard grows poison sumac. We discovered this after my husband grabbed a handful of it earlier this summer. We warned our duplex manager of it and no measure was taken to rid the property of this pesky plant.
The other day, my husband and I recycled old 4x4s to plot out our garden for next year. We were careful not to brush up against the poison sumac. Our manager had to remove the wooden pieces. When I asked him why, he simply stated that the landlord was coming by and he didn’t want our landlord to “freak out.” I was upset because we were told we could have a garden that he was taking away from us. So, when I walked away I silently cursed him; wishing he would suffer the pains of the poison sumac that his legs were rubbing up against. No sooner than when those words escaped my lips did I begin to regret those thoughts.
It was not his fault that he had to do his job. I had to take a step back and realize that our landlord would have given him grief over a couple of boards laying around on the property. Since I had shut the door, locked it, and immediately threw away the key, I had no peace with my interaction with our duplex manager.
If I had left the door open, I would have seen that he was still suffering from his summer cold. He was just doing his job, and he was going to ask permission for me to move my garden to its new location.
I cannot take back the words I said to myself. I can, however, be thankful that he didn’t hear them and I can learn to keep an open mind when interacting with others.