The Dance of Life

The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.” – Marcus Aurelius

The retaliatory, quid pro quo, “eye for an eye” mindset is oddly and persistently common, despite its obvious shortcomings. It is the preferred approach of those who are ensnared in the toils of judgment. In it is the promise of relief from a perceived evil, but the comfort is fleeting and often followed by a deeper sense of despair and entanglement with that from which one is hoping to escape.

Equivalent retaliation is not the only option. When the devil invites you to dance through the injurious words or actions of another you have the right to say “no.”

But don’t just stop there! Abstaining from evil is necessary, but not sufficient to the revelation of the fulness of your being. You must let go of the self-destructive motivations, yes, but you must also deliberately, consciously and repeatedly let go to the higher and more creative compulsions of which you are undoubtedly aware.

You have the option to choose your dance partners in the dance of life. Why not exercise it!?!

 

3 thoughts on “The Dance of Life

  1. Isabelle

    What a great quote form Aurelius! I really liked your point about deliberately letting to something higher vs just “saying no.”

  2. Coco

    The analogy of life as a dance has always touched my heart. It is an apt comparison with similar facets. Revenge is a master that requires the ultimate sacrifice. When we settle for anything less than the “revelation of the fulness of your being” it could be described as paying with your life. We have been offered a symphony to accompany our dance, why settle for the kazoo!

  3. Joy

    Your consideration today reminded me of one of my favorite quotes from your E-book “The Courage to Face Ingratitude”.
    “Ingratitude, the most popular sin of humanity, is forgetfulness of the
    heart. It is the revelation of the emptiness of pretended loyalty. The
    individual who possesses it finds it the shortest cut to all other vices.
    Ingratitude is a crime more despicable than revenge, which is only
    returning evil for evil, while ingratitude returns evil for good. People
    who are ungrateful rarely forgive you if you do them a good turn. Their
    microscopic hearts resent the humiliation of having been helped by a
    superior, and this rankling feeling filtering through their petty natures
    often ends in hate and treachery.” ~ William George Jordan
    Nobility is not just turning the other cheek; it is an outpouring of the heart in thankfulness for the privilege of still participating in the dance of life.

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