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When humans around us act abominably, let us also give a thought to what could be the cause of that irritating behaviour.

india Updated: Nov 29, 2003 18:34 IST

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Ever so often, in our mad rush to race ahead with our own tasks, we forget that every human around us is also in the same process. Mercy and compassion is love and understanding given, when it is not earned in any way. When humans around us act abominably, let us also give a thought to what could be the cause of that irritating behaviour.

This prayer, sent by TUOVITRAUB, through e-mail, highlights the kind of understanding of human behaviour, which when learnt, is guaranteed to bring down our blood pressure, or tension related problems, instead of aggravating them.

"Heavenly Father, Help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day, and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.

Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man, who can't make change correctly, is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.

Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.

Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savouring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together.

Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not to just those that are close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, show patience, empathy and love.

Step into the radiance of Mercy and Compassion, and watch your life take a turn into eternal joy and peace!

First Published: Nov 29, 2003 18:34 IST