Back in 1946 when Germany was divided, a huge wall separating East and West Berlin was a center of the endless conflict. One day, some people in East Berlin took a truckload of garbage and dumped it on the West Berlin side. The stench could be smelled from miles.
The people of West Berlin decided to respond to this act of aggression. They took a truckload of canned foods, bread, milk and other provisions, and neatly stacked it on the East Berlin side, with a signboard saying “This is all we have to give.”
They could have acted in the same way as the people of East Berlin, but they didn’t. Instead, they chose to respond with maturity and kindness.
This is not an easy behaviour. This requires wholesome character and discipline, which is the very foundation of who we are. You can only give what you have, and that is dependent on what our foundation is made of. You cannot offer hatred if you are filled with love. You cannot deceive others if integrity is all you know.
What do you have inside of you? Is it hate or love? Violence or peace? Death or life? Capacity to build or ability to destroy? What have you acquired over the years?
There are times when even the strongest wavers under a given circumstance. The essence of one’s character shows how well and how soon one bounces back to their natural self. The stronger the roots, the longer you withstand. Best not to judge others and not be too hard on yourself. Let’s face it. There will never be a perfect world, and we should accept it.
Success to you!