“The problem with the world is that we draw our family circle too small.”
Mother Teresa – founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India -(1910 – 1997)
Wonderful message, Deb~
One of my favorite quotes!—”The biggest problem in the world today is that we draw the circle of our family too small. We need to draw it larger every day.”
And the inner work of Love is overcoming the inner barriers (intolerances, fears, false ideas, biases, prejudices) that close us off to “certain” others—those who (in our ignorance? arrogance? naïveté? fear? meanness?) we consider to be unworthy of our love and/or a waste of our time and energies.
The Buddha said: “As a mother watches over her child, willing to risk her own life to protect her only child, so too with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings, suffusing the whole world with unobstructed loving-kindness.” (Metta Sutta)
And Thomas Merton wrote—“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.”
To me, all of these excerpts are not saying different things, but rather they’re each saying the same thing differently.
Thanks for the reminder!
Wonderful quotes!! I couldn’t agree more! Thanks so much John.
With so little words, so much is spoken.
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