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Steve Goodier Wisdom: When Others Hurt Us

May 7, 2019 by admin  
Filed under Steve Goodier Wisdom

In this inspirational article, master storyteller, Steve Goodier, shares a key piece of life wisdom about compassion. Enjoy!

As the Hayman wildfire in Colorado begins to wane, those of us living around the perimeter occasionally allow ourselves glimmers of hope that all will soon be normal again. No, the forests will not return for many years. Houses lost will not be rebuilt soon. And displaced families won’t find anything resembling normal for many months. The fire itself will still smolder, we’re told, until snow flies this Fall. But, just as crocuses pushing through frozen ground announce the coming of Spring, so patches of blue sky through smoky haze now proclaim the worst may be over.

The fire, we have learned, was set by a forest service technician. She probably never intended to burn almost 140,000 acres of beautiful wilderness in the Rocky Mountains, but it will be months before courts determine whether or not the catastrophe was purely accidental.Numerous homes were destroyed. Lives of firefighters were lost, not by flames, but an automobile accident as they rushed to help. The cost of fighting the fire and property damage will be in the hundreds of millions.

Regardless of the legal outcome, however, the court of popular opinion is divided on just how to respond. Some want her to suffer the maximum penalty possible, others call for more understanding.

How do we respond when others hurt us? The question is appropriate, for we are all hurt by the actions of others. Actions that may be intentional or accidental, malicious or merely thoughtless. What are we to do?

The question I ask myself is this: “What would I do if she were my daughter; if she were my wife or my sister? I believe the answer to that question is the answer we’re seeking.

If she were my daughter, I would want good judgment, not blind anger, to guide our decisions.

If she were my daughter, I would want for her to get as much help as possible with whatever problems could cause her to make such a destructive choice.

If she were my daughter, I’d want her to know there are consequences for all of her actions, and though I may want to shelter her from those consequences, I also know that would not be in her best interest.

If she were my daughter, I would still want her to have a chance at life. I’d want for her to be able to eventually reconcile with her community and to heal — even as the forests, themselves, will someday heal.

If she were my daughter, I’d want her to know that all those who suffered from her hand are also her brothers and sisters, and that any concern I have for her will in no way diminish my concern for them, her victims. They deserve our best. But I would also want her to know that, through this painful ordeal, she will always be my daughter.

“We have learned to soar through the air like birds, to swim through the seas like fish, to soar through space like comets,” said William Sloan Coffin. “Now it is high time we learned to walk the earth as the children of our God.” And if children, then brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers.

I want for her no less or more than I’d want for my own children under these circumstances. For if we are family, then in a very real sense, she IS my daughter.

© Steve Goodier. All rights reserved.
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