Looking for Virtues in Others

Today, I am going to experiment and make genuine effort to see at least one virtue in every person with whom I come into contact. I know that no one is perfect, so why dwell on anyone’s defects? If I actively search the goodness in others, it can be found. There is not a single human being in existence who does not possess at least one virtue, and look at each person with that particular virtue in mind. This has a great effect.

If I am thinking about someone’s weakness or defect, I may become uneasy and irritated. I feel annoyed and wonder, “Why does this person have to be this way?” and “Why does this person do such-and-such a thing all the time?” On the other hand, if I am thinking about someone’s good qualities, I begin to feel lightness and easiness within my mind. Then I am influenced by the sweetness of that person. The world is a variety play, and the role of each one is different.

Extracted from 'Self Empowerment' by Bridget Menezes (Malaysian author)


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