How often do we encounter people from our past and not even recognize them?
Is the guy in line behind you at the grocery store someone you knew in elementary school? Is the nurse taking your vitals someone from your past? Would you have a clear conscience if you ran into people from your younger days? Or would you have regrets?
I don’t remember everything from my school days, but some of the things that stick with me are times when someone was mean to me. I doubt I would be able to identify the boys that said unkind things to me now, but I hope that I could forgive them. It makes me wonder if I ever did or said anything that someone else remembers with sadness?
I loved what President Gordon B. Hinckley said:
“Let us be more merciful. Let us get the arrogance out of our lives, the conceit, the egotism. Let us be more compassionate, gentler, filled with forbearance and patience and a greater measure of respect one for another. In so doing, our very example will cause others to be more merciful, and we shall have greater claim upon the mercy of God who in His love will be generous toward us.
For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind? …” (Mosiah 4:19)
I read a quote recently by the author Ram Dass.
“We are all just walking each other home.”
What a beautiful concept! We are here on this earth to learn to be kind, to love one another and to help each other return to our Heavenly Father. What a better world it would be if we showed love and kindness to all of God’s children.