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I photographed this father, at a playground, admiring his son.
Love and gentleness are beautiful to behold
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You may only be one person to the world,
but you may also be the world to one person.
~ Anonymous ~
Do you consider yourself to be a spiritual person? What, exactly, is a "spiritual person"? Is it a person who sits and prays all day? Or, is it a person who gets off of his/her duff, prays while walking, etc., and/or who searches for ways to perform of acts of kindness as their life mission? Or, is it someone who invites Angels/God/Spirit to work through them and perhaps become the answer to someone else's prayer?
Is changing a life spiritual? Does it take courage?
This is what transpired last weekend; it was life-changing for myself and for an unnamed stranger.
At a local fair, while looking over some items, I overheard a 30ish year-old Middle Eastern man, at his booth talking to his friend, "I just don't understand my wife! She thinks I don't love her when I yell at her! I tell her that if I didn't love her then I would just walk away! The fact that I yell at her shows that I love her."
I about swallowed my teeth! What a "dark ages" mentality! The conversation clung to me like a bad odor for 24 hours. Then an idea formed; what if I wrote a response to their conversation, returned to the fair, and "accidentally" dropped the response in his booth?
So I wrote:
"Do you like being yelled at? Only bullies yell. No one enjoys being yelled at. Yelling at a human or animal is demeaning and demoralizing.
As a child, how did you feel when someone yelled at you? Did you cower? Did you listen to their message or secretly hate the abuser?
You soon learn not to trust someone who yells/screams/curses at you because you can no longer be yourself.
You become someone who walks through life on "egg shells", fearful that the abuser will begin another self-centered tirade about how the world should revolve around his/her invisible needs.
Yellers do not educate; they bully by their voice's volume and they chase love from their lives.
Dogs run away from people who abuse them. Children stay away from home, and wives avoid the screamer.
The happiest men are those who are loved by their families. Those men whose families are fearful of them have no clue what great joy is missing from their lives.
On your death bed, you will not be excited remembering the clever way you "told someone off." Instead, you hope that your loved ones will willingly gather around you with their love, supporting you, and remembering you once you're gone.
When a father who yells at his children dies, the children are relieved that he is gone, joyful that he is no longer abusing their gentle spirits, or the mother they love.
Yelling never toughened up children or made women smarter: rather, it causes them to cower and mistrust.
Screaming at someone is abuse and this behavior is considered "uneducated". Once someone knows better, they do better. This is called "WISDOM."
With the plan in action, note in hand, I returned to the fair. When I looked at the face of the man the plan changed.
Instead of dropping the note in his booth, I walked over, gently placed my hand on his arm, and said, "I am a writer and have written something for you out of love and concern for you and for your family. Please understand that it is not meant to hurt or harm, but to teach."
I handed him the written response and walked away. I was quickly absorbed into the crowd also admiring the hundred other fair booths.
Minutes later, from behind, I heard someone calling out, "Excuse me Ma'am! Madam!"
I turned and saw the man running after me. He stopped, looked me squarely in the eyes and said, "I read what you wrote," and then he went silent.
I was very nervous. He took a deep breath. Then it happened. The magic! A very serious but gentle look of pure humbleness came over his face and he said, "You are right." And then he genuinely shook my hand. I could see into his eyes that he was deeply touched.
In that moment, lives changed.
He would now begin to experience true love, rather than fear, from his family and they, in turn, would have the peace they had prayed for. My life changed through the courage it took to hand him the note.
The gentleman shared how his father had yelled at him, and in his culture the, "men are like lions. We lie around watching the women work. And we roar with our complaints."
He talked with relief as if joyful to eliminate and illuminate his old belief of dominance. Listening to him talk was like watching a beautiful snowball gathering goodness and speed as it rolled far off into the future of generations of his family.
He gave me two gentle and appreciative hugs before we parted.
My step was lighter. His heart must have been. When he arrives home from the fair, his wife is going to be thrilled at her "new and improved" husband and their life together.
Changing that man's mindset was a miracle. Knowing that he is a changed man means his children will grow up differently.
I had nothing to lose by giving him the note. There was no angry face-to-face confrontation when I initially overheard his conversation on yelling. Another story with a happy-happy ending! Whew!
And to be honest, it felt like a truly spiritual moment, changing lives for the better. May you be the answer to someone's prayers!
Angelic Blessings to you and your loved ones,
Mary Ellen ^I^
"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil...
Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor and author -
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I photographed this father and son celebrating Harvest Gathering.
Strength and support are beautiful to behold.
"Mary Ellen "AngelScribe" and Miss Wings.
Hold what you love close to you and speak gently.
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