Blessed are you when people insult you,

lie about you because of me,

for you will be rewarded.[1]

It is truly hard to be calm

amid gross misunderstanding…

peaceful about malicious slurs.

It is tough when slander becomes

accepted as orthodoxy…

false prophets become truth-bearers.

Unconditional love affords

a life of real relationship –

standard conduct does not apply.

Rewards are not retributive,

rather they reconcile us through

benign acts of restoration.

Those who bear invective insults,

tolerate vicious backbiting, are graced with patient kindness

[1] Matthew 5: 11-12

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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