Something To Remember

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“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help.”

~Thich Naht Hanh

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8 thoughts on “Something To Remember

    Doug said:
    December 22, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    And if the Father of his suffering is dead and he is unloved, it brings to mind the difficulty of kissing a bull without getting gored — one will die in the ring and the other will die on the horn of the dilemma if neither created the game and only know how to run. The bystanders are amused and one wonders what they are suffering from.

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      realityinprogress responded:
      December 22, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Confusingly profound or profoundly confusing – I’m thinking that sometimes maybe you help the bull better by not kissing it, which would solve the problem. Joke aside, the dilemma is like life, no one promised us easy.

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    realityenchanted said:
    December 28, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Err… and sometimes, the “punishment” is one way to help him.

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      realityinprogress responded:
      December 28, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      Hehe I guess that depends on the nature of said “punishment”..

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    realityenchanted said:
    December 29, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Funny we think that much alike. You know I had to delete that part of the comment after typing it -that depends on what exactly the “punishment” is.
    Look at it this way: someone whose punishment made him inflict hurt on someone else probably needs more help than just addressing his primary hurt. He, himself, also needs some! We can only go so far totally blaming something/one besides ourselves for our actions.

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    realityenchanted said:
    December 29, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Nope. Not an easy one. Bending a thorny rose without breaking it. But, the bending has to be done or things could continually get messy.

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      realityinprogress responded:
      December 29, 2012 at 12:38 am

      As long as we try to look behind the mess with love, that’s what’s most important.

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