really is amazing how easy it is to save our best for
strangers. Perhaps we have too many expectations at
home, so it's easier for us to be critical and judgmental
of those at home when our expectations aren't met.
Perhaps we're just so familiar with people at home that we
don't take the time to consider what they might really
need from us. Perhaps we're just so desirable of
getting people's acceptance that we work harder to get it
from strangers, since we feel that we already have it at
matter what the case, the people in our own houses need
our love and respect just as much--if not more--than total
strangers do. And we have much more influence over
their lives than we usually think--a smile and a few words
of encouragement can be so much stronger when it's coming
from someone I love than it can be from someone I don't
we do at home regularly will stick with us--and the people
who love us--almost forever, in one way or another.
Too many people save their best for the office or the
co-workers or the classroom, and they bring home their
problems and frustrations to the people they live with,
rather than the love and compassion they could be sharing.
peaceful and compassionate world starts in the home.
If there is no peace in the home, it's been said, there
will be no peace in the world. And in the same way,
peace in the home begins with you, and with me.
Bring peace and joy, and share it freely and
unconditionally, without any artificial expectations
concerning how others should react, and you'll find that
soon your home will be a loving, caring haven in the
world, a place where everyone loves to come home to--even
those who don't live there.