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What is Hatred?

Hatred.  What is it exactly? The word has been around our world for a very long time.  And so has hatred.  But have you ever given thought to what the word means?  Hatred has many faces.  Is this not the truth?  There are so many ways to describe what hatred is.  And it takes upon itself so many different forms.  Hatred is always regarded as a bad thing, a negative thing. But, is that always the case?  Perhaps, perhaps not.

Hatred is what one race may feel towards another.  Hatred is one human being attacking another because of the color of his or her skin.  Hatred is a divisive thing, causing unrest and bitterness  to reside in one’s heart, causing increased narrow-mindedness and devouring the soul.  Hatred is a virus, eagerly infecting all those it comes in contact with, actually seeking out others whose emotional immune systems are not unlike its’ own, stunted in growth and deprived in spirit.  Hatred is taking the life of someone simply because they do not believe as you do.  It is the root of so many things that are despicable.  Hatred loves the dark.  There it can lie in the dank sour air that feeds its’ cancerous soul, devising new ways to spread its diseased cells to anyone who is foolish enough to open the door even a little.  Once the door is opened, Hatred will take the advantage, slipping in, usually unnoticed.  The occupant shivers for a moment, sensing something vile is nearby and then shrugs it off, oblivious to the fact that they have just become a host for this insidious disease that permeates our world today.  Hatred is always evil and always dangerous.

Or is it??  Hatred, once bridled can be constructive.  Hating the actions and results of Hatred can be a good thing.  Is it possible to hate with love, to cast the light of goodness into the dark corners where Hatred lives and thrives, to grab ahold of it with a vengeance and drag it, writhing and screaming into the purity of the sun?  Then Hatred, being forced into the light and stripped of power to spread its’ dark and often subtle poison would simply shrivel and die.  So, given that scenario, I believe that Hatred can be a good thing, don’t you?  I would (forgive me) hate to be wrong about something like that.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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The Seed

The young seed had lain dormant, deep within the fertile soil for what seemed an eternity.  Just lately however the rays of the sun had been quite busy, warming the soil and now something was happening.  There was a stirring within the young seed, something that was unfamiliar and very strange! Our youngster felt himself being drawn, almost pulled towards the surface.  It was both frightening and exciting, this feeling!  The warm, oh so warm soil surrounding him was so good!   But he felt a change coming about and that right soon.  The seed knew this because he was ever so close to the surface now.  What was up there, just beyond the soil?  “Oh”, said he. “Perhaps it isn’t really so important.  And this soil all around me is so comfortable, so warm!  It might be just as good to stay right here.  Probably so…..maybe….”.  As he was mulling this over, the pull of the Sun became more intense than ever, urging him to move upward and forward.  He was fearful of what was just beyond and he knew it.  But he also realized in his heart that he needed to know what lay out there and up there.  There really wasn’t any turning back now.  This is not to say that the seed did not look back.  He did, as do we all. And when he did, he said to all who could hear, “I cannot go back nor do I want to go back.  Something is waiting for me, calling to me from a higher place!”  With that said, he cast his vision upward once again and with one mighty push, he broke through the surface!

At the moment of his breakthrough, our young seed became a seedling.  Oh, and the light and the colours of this new world were beautiful!  He was so glad that he had kept pushing forward and upward.  And the Sun, the glorious Sun!  It was magnificent and he could feel Its’ power coursing through him now.  What our young friend was experiencing now was worth all the effort he had put forth.  Every bit of it and more!

As time progressed, the young seedling became a sapling and he continued to grow.  And during these periods of growth, he instinctively followed the Sun, always reaching upward and continually climbing higher.  For you see, he knew the Sun was the Source of his strength and his growth.  In only a few short years, this young maple tree stood an impressive fifty feet tall!  And his branches, full and heavy with leaves now provided comfort and shade to those below.  He further blessed the birds of the air by allowing them to rest and to nest in the security of his arms.

Now you may ask, “Well, what reward does this tree receive in return for all of this? What is in it for him?”  I will tell you in this writing that our mighty friend expects nothing in return.  And because of this, he receives much.  The Creator, the Sun rewards him with abundant strength and helps with his continued growth throughout life. He sends waters from the heavens to renew and refresh our beautiful friend as well.  I ask you, what greater blessing can be bestowed upon any one of us?

Once a tiny seed, this towering maple tree helps to sustain Life and in return, is sustained by Life.  Miraculous, isn’t it?  Oh, and silly me!  In the midst of all this, I failed to mention the name of our young seed, didn’t I?  His name is “Greatness”.  What a fantastic name, don’t you think?

My friend, are you aware that the seeds of Greatness lie dormant, deep within the fertile soil of your own heart?  You were born with them there. They are a gift from the Creator of all Life.  What is that you say?  You do not believe this?  If this is indeed how you feel, then do something for me and for yourself.  Gently place your hand over your heart.  Ever so gently now.  Be kind to yourself for often we have forgotten how to do this.  Now if you would, listen to your heart with your heart.  This is unfamiliar ground for most of us so it may take a few attempts.  Be patient here.  Now……wait!  There, there it is!  Do you hear it now?  What you are hearing, dear friend, are the seeds of your Greatness stirring softly within you.  You must water them now for they are quite thirsty after the long dry spell we have given them.

Now if you will permit me, I have just one more suggestion for you, yes?  If you are wise (and you are wiser than you know), let the Almighty Son warm the rich and fertile soil within your heart.  But you must ask and allow Him to do so.  Our Creator is polite and proper and will only enter an area if invited.  What will happen next is up to you!  And remember this as well…….The experience will undoubtably be frightening at times.  But it will also be very exciting!!  And so my friend, here we grow!  May you be blessed in your journey.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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