Pray for People Who Wish you Ill #MayTivation

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When I was growing up I had an Aunt who epitomised the word, ‘Nasty’. Acid tongued, she ensured that every family gathering ended with at least one person, if not more, in tears.

Being children we were her favourite targets. She would spot us and zero in on us, spewing every nasty thought she could think of, commenting on our looks, our grades, our habits, our friends. Her list and vocabulary was endless and she never tired.

When I complained to my Mom, all Mom did was let out a sigh and say, ‘Pray for her’. This statement managed to ignite me and I almost always got into an argument with Mom over it. I even went to the extent of asking Mom if she thought she was God, acting all noble. Despite which Mom stuck to her opinion.

When I was old enough to understand Mom explained the reason behind praying for people who wish you ill.

People who are unhappy on the inside are nasty on the outside. Click To TweetNow, by happiness we don’t mean material happiness, like getting the latest gadget or clothes or going for a holiday or earning a fat pay packet.

Happiness on the inside comes from contentment, from accepting yourself as you are. When you accept yourself, you accept others, just as they are.

You could have the most luxurious life, but when you’re unhappy on the inside that feeling festers and comes through in the form of nasty behaviour and words.

So, do such people need your anger or your prayer, asked Mom? Looking at it this way they certainly needed the latter. And if you ask me, sympathy.

When you meet such people and are on the receiving end of their venom, send up a prayer for them wishing them happiness. Doing so is possible and before you know it it will become a habit.

Don’t let they abrasive words get to you. They are hurting on the inside which is why they want to hurt people outside.  And you surely don’t want to be like them, do you?

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  1. Such a noble thought Mayuri, I never looked at the venomous situation from this angle.
    Probably that’s the reason behind – ‘get well soon’.
    Lovely post.

  2. That’s a great way of looking at things. Only moms can give such wisdom. I think I learnt something new from your post today. Will be looking at such people differently now and instead of getting upset, will pray for them.

  3. Mom knows the best. I wonder from where Moms gather this wisdom from and I never seem to come even closer to what she is or has!
    So rightly said Mayuri. May be some souls are in trouble and by sending prayers their way, the soul at least will be relived of the agony.

  4. Its definitely a different perspective. For often when we encounter nasty people, we tend to sulk or just totally ignore them. Seldom do we pray for them or wish them well.. Surely by doing so , we dont breed negativity within us.

  5. That’s an interesting perspective. I know a couple of people who are truly nasty, and yes they are unhappy from inside. Praying for them would be tough but not impossible. 😀

  6. I know what you mean, M. Have seen quite a few people in that category and they almost always have some unrealised dreams, discontent or some hurtful past. The best we can do is pray and hope they come out of it.

  7. Very valid post buddy and I cant agree more on people who are unhappy inside are the one who are evidently nasty outside. Your mom was right dear, they indeed need prayers.

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