Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Welcoming People Into Your Life

I don't know who wrote the following words. But, they're very powerful:

So much of our lives are spent in keeping people out.

We have private rooms,
private houses,
private clubs and so on.

Of course there are times when everybody needs to be alone. Yet there is a sense in which our size as human beings can be measured by the circles we draw to take other people in.

The smaller the circle,
the smaller the person.

A strong person is not afraid of people who are different. A wise person welcomes them. By shutting others out, a person denies the riches of other people's experience. They starve their minds, and harden their hearts.

When a wise person names his brothers and sisters, he draws no circle smaller than the first one ever drawn on this earth.

In the beginning God gave the earth its shape. God made it round. God includes everyone. So should we!

Have a nice day everyone.


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