“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
MOHANDAS K. GHANDI 1869–1948 ALSO KNOWN AS MAHATMA GHANDI. POLITICAL AND SPIRITUAL LEADER OF INDIA
One of the most commonly held misconceptions is that “life is fair”. The truth is, as many of us already know, life is unfair. Not just unfair to you, the individual, but to everybody in some way. Power comes through recognising that life is unfair. Once you comprehend that truth you are better able to rise above it.
Life is unfair. You can choose to whine about it or seek to transcend it. I constantly hear people talk about how things are unfair and unjust. When, the reality is, they just want their own way. The pervading culture of the day is based on selfishness rather than selflessness.
Selfless acts, sadly, are increasingly rare. We tend to be so absorbed by instant gratification that we lash out whenever we feel we have been treated unreasonably. We cry out for justice while acting like a toddler throwing a tantrum. Life is full of struggles and battles. If you want to go the distance without running out of steam, learn to pick your fights. Not every argument is worth winning, because, inevitably, every battle leaves you and your opponent wounded. Some of the emotional scars can last for decades. In life, some things will go your way, others won’t.
Don’t get stuck on every issue and refuse to move forward until it is resolved. Sometimes it is best to just let it go. By letting go, you are releasing yourself from the stress and strain, and acting with dignity in the face of turmoil. That act of mercy and grace is the highest form of justice you can administer.
* This is #44 of the 102 Doses of Inspiration found in 'Glen Gerreyn's book, The HopeFull Life.