Some weeks are an assault for me, for you, or, worse, for those we love.
We are assaulted, figuratively or actually, with the chaos and malice of others.
How do we respond?
What do we do?
Breathe…and then what?
Pray…and then what?
Cry…and then what?
Ask “What?” and “Why?” a million times…and then what?
Repeat wise aphorisms…and then what?
Talk it out,
Scream it out,
Workout it out…and then what?
Return to prayer …and then what?
Retreat…and then what?
Plot revenge (my own upbringing in SouthCentral L.A. rising up)…and then what?
Restrain myself from Revenge (negating my own upbringing, still difficult to do)…and then what?
Sometimes these ways of coping do not bring relief so, the question remains…
…and then what?
How ’bout this?
Allow it to Pass.
Allow another’s evil to pass.
It is evil and it is real.
And you and I can allow it to pass.
“…allow their evil to run its course. The evil does not find what it is seeking, namely, resistance and, therewith, new evil which will inflame it even more. Evil will become powerless when it finds no opposing object, no resistance, but, instead, is willingly borne and suffered. Evil meets an opponent for which it is not a match.
Of course, this happens only when the last remnant of resistance is removed, when the urge to retaliate evil with evil is completely renounced. Then evil cannot achieve its goal of creating more evil; it remains alone.” ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Allow evil’s assault pass on and away.
This is a quick suggested solution to read and one that is agonizingly slow to implement. And I don’t mean to stop doing all of the above coping things, necessarily. (Well, except for the one on revenge.)
But Allowing may be the practice that saves my sanity. And maybe yours too, if you have had a similar day/week/month/year.
It is taking the idea of “Let it Go” and super charging it with vitamins of choosing to Allow it to pass. Not pushing it or pulling it or engaging in tug-of-war.
Focus on The One who gives The Grace to Allow. Save resolution, consensus, and forgiveness for later.
Today…This Weekend…Allow and…
Grab hold of Relentless Grace.