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Thursday, November 5, 2009

QOTD 2 of 365

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Now first I must say for a LONG time I used to think Mahatma Gandhi was this fictional person my mother made up.. you know as a kid when parents don't want to tell you something like where your going (sadly her answer was BFE, not worth spelling out) and if we asked who are we going to see the answer was Mahatma Gandhi... Little did I know until I was a teen, this is an actual person. 

Mahatma Gandhi is an Indian Philosopher who was born in 1869 and died in 1948 he is noted for his doctrine on non violent protest... His real name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi but he was known around the world as Mahatma Gandhi.

Its a great way to live our lives and really Jesus commands us to do the same... and while my grandmother was not a religious type... she always used to say "you get more flies with honey than you do with vinegar" and if you've ever practiced this it does sometimes work...

How many times have you been confronted by a sales clerk at the mall or grocery store or even on the phone that has been having perhaps a less than stellar day?  They are in a foul mood and while you were not the cause of the mood you are bearing the brunt of it.. Yeah we've all been there and experienced this or even been the one putting off the foul mood.. hey we ARE human!  But when you look that person in the face and smile a warm genuine smile, and say "its ok, take your time" or "I'm sorry your having a bad day" its almost hard for them to continue being nasty to you... oh sure some still do but I'd bet my last $10... it weighed on their mind the rest of the day and they were likely a bit more kind to the next person they encountered.

So remember when confronted by your opponent, conquer him/her with love!


Diane said...

I just started reading Debra Norville's book on Respect. The way we treat each other is so important. :O)

God's Not Finished With Us Yet... said...

Hi Kim,

No worries, we've all been there. :D

A blog button is a 'button' (image) that you click on to visit that site. For instance if you are on the Home Page of Google there are a lot of advertisements that read things like 'Get your auto quote from Geico by clicking here' but it's actually an image not a link to click on. Make sense? A lot of blogs you'll see have 'buttons' that invite readers to 'grab my button code' to put it on your site so any readers that visit your site will also notice someone else's site that might also have a blog focused on Christ so they might be interested in checking it out. Not sure if I'm making sense or not.

God's Not Finished With Us Yet... said...

LOL...you sound just how I used to 3 years ago. Again, no worries, we've all been new to something at one time right? Okay, so do you have a image in mind that you'd like for me to use or do you want me to try to use all or at least part of your blog header so it will match that?

2003beachbunch said...

Very nice! I need to do some kind of advertising to get some more quoters huh?! Love the quote and the history behind it!