Later, during a meditation, I thought back upon the moment that Kelsey bit me. It drew blood, was painful, and ended up getting infected (sheesh!). But at no point was I angry with her. It was this lack of anger that had me baffled. Why was I not angry?
It occurred to me and it was such a simple answer, really - because I knew why she did it; because I knew she was in pain and I therefore had compassion for her even as she lashed out at me.
This, then, became the focus of my meditation throughout the entire week - that if we truly were able to understand why people do what they do, we would never experience anger, only compassion. In a world where we are so quick to judge, so quick to assume, so quick to react; perhaps if we could pause, imagine life in the other person's shoes, and show true compassion we could create a very different world...
Thanks for letting me be philosophical for the day. Have a great weekend everyone!