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Science tells us that every single cell in the human body replaces itself within 10 years.  Changes in the body are obvious to the eye, and we don’t question that our appearance will change over a period of ten years.   A more interesting question, perhaps, is how long it takes for change to occur in our hearts and minds.

I was having dinner with a group of friends when a disparaging comment was made about a mutual acquaintance from high school.  My friend Sarah asked why the comment was made, and the accuser recalled an episode from 9th grade. “Well,” Sarah replied, “9th grade was over ten years ago – don’t you think they’ve changed?  We’ve all made mistakes.”

Pure genius, right?
It takes strength to be kind, and it takes wisdom to realize we’re all flawed.  Each of us is constantly changing, growing, and learning, and we’re bound to make mistakes as we journey through life.   We do the best we can until we know better, and when we know better, hopefully, we do better (to rephrase Maya Angelou).

Be kind to yourself, be kind to others, and practice forgiveness whenever you can.

7 thoughts on “boom boom room

  1. It takes a lot of courage and integrity to stand up for those people who are not in your presence. Kudos to your friend for doing so! This post reminds me about a quote I came across the other day:

    I’d rather have a life of ‘oh wells’ than a life of ‘what ifs’.

    The ‘what ifs’ mean we played it safe and didn’t venture off the beaten path. The ‘oh wells’ mean that we took chances, made mistakes, and lived life. Yeah, I’ll take the second one too. And with people and friends like you around, it’s a lot easier to make that decision 😉

  2. An absolutely wonderful reminder. I think in the heat of the moment, we often forget being kind to one another should be the most important rule. I hated the whole gossip train growing up, and I’m sure glad I never got on. I think being kind should be a mantra of sorts for and to everybody!

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