Consort with all men, O people of Bahá, in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship. If ye be aware of a certain truth, if ye possess a jewel, of which others are deprived, share it with them in a language of utmost kindliness and good-will. If it be accepted, if it fulfil its purpose, your object is attained. If any one should refuse it, leave him unto himself, and beseech God to guide him. Beware lest ye deal unkindly with him. A kindly tongue is the lodestone of the hearts of men. It is the bread of the spirit, it clotheth the words with meaning, it is the fountain of the light of wisdom and understanding.
It is passages like this which remind me of the importance of sharing my Truth. One of my favourite ways to share is on blogs but that is not the only way. One-to-one conversations, public gatherings, public talks and forums, webinars, conference calls, these are all wonderful ways to share Jewels of Truth. (Oooh! I like that phrase – it sounds like it could be the title of a book I’m working on!)
A few years ago when I dreamed of being given a gem/jewel, it was a ruby. It was a symbol for the quality within me which is unique and distinct from anyone else on the planet.
The thing about our innate character is that it is not perfect and is in a constant state of growth. For me, the symbol of this growth is polishing a gem/jewel or stone.
When I read quotes such as I posted in the above part of this post, I am reminded how important it is to speak and write with kindness and that this is indeed the foundation of the light of wisdom and understanding.
So it is my hope to continue to learn how to increase my ability to speak with kindness even when conditions around me would lead others to believe I might be feeling angry. Speaking with anger does not enlighten the hearts. But speaking with love does.