May 25, 2013

Difficult Neighbors

by Joseph Smith (author's profile)


Thoughts From The Heart
By: Joseph Smith
2013-01-01 - 11:58pm - 12:45am

"Difficult Neighbors"

It is New Year's Eve as I write this. I've noticed that from shortly after Thanksgiving until after the New Year, many of our neighbors devolve into lower levels of "haterhood". I imagine they're missing their families just like the rest of us, as well as all the trappings of the season. Some will be completely ignored by the outside world, and I cannot but understand the pain. So they lash out in ugliness, and no one is beyond their targets. So how do you deal with this??

I recently felt like a ship battered upon the rocks by huge waves. I was already stressed by waiting for a release date and did not need this added burden. I prayed for help and woke up yesterday to an empty room. My cell mate had left early. I had an uninterrupted hour and a half to pour out my heart to G-d who revitalized me.

I also needed an attitude check because of my thinking was on the wrong path - anger and negativity. As I lifted my voice in - praise, the clouds began to dissipate. Thanksgiving filled my heart - tears evaporated. I prayed for blessings on these angry men. Then I did something nice for them - by working in the prison kitchen as chief cook - I baked some cakes for my neighbors. The bottom line is we overcome "evil" with "good".


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