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Assume Good Will

Assume Good Will

 It's Simple...Yet very hard to do...

Just for today
Assume Good Will

 It means that you choose
for just one day
to assume that good will
is the intention of each one with whom you interact

 The person who cut in front of you...
(was headed for an emergency,
not attempting to raise your insurance premium)

 The dishes that were left in the sink
(were left, but with the intention of returning
not presuming to take your generosity for granted)

 The unanswered email
(was because the response needed more thought,
not because your need to know was unimportant to the receiver)

 The harsh words
(were not intended to ruin your day
but a reflection of the inner turmoil of the other)

 The credit taken by another for your idea
(was not an attempt to misrepresent
but an oversight in judgment)

 It sounds easy, but it's very hard to do
And the closer it comes to what matters to me
The harder it is to do

 The more important the person is to me
the harder it is to assume good will....
instead of judging the person
and adding to the volcano of resentment
that gets ignited by something unrelated....
to accept the challenge
far greater than cold water over myhead...
to keep my heart available
and my mind open
and change my starting place

 Assume Good Will
The Lenten practice
(which generally I can only do in moments,
not in hours or days)

Requires that I am fully present
in the moment at hand...
without reference to the past
or projection into the future.

 It is to let this moment
stand on its own.
It is to stop believing that
"it's no use"
"it will never change"
"everyone/thing has a price"
And to believe
that good will is the motive.

 Assume Good Will
Just for today

maybe the
other person is
doing the same
and looks at you...
good will.

~ Bridget Bearss, RSCJ