Don’t hurt others on the outside or inside

Hello my fellow human Beings:

This simple rule, “Don’t hurt others on the inside or outside” was posted on the wall of a primary school as a guiding rule to help the children remember to be kind to others. I think it is a good guiding rule for all of us.

It may be obvious to adults to not physically harm someone else, but as adults, we often forget how much our words or actions can harm someone on the inside. A snide remark, a judgmental comment or berating criticism can be a punch or a hard blow to someone’s emotional well-being or mental state. We may not realize the bruises we can inflict on someone else when we mindlessly react with swift words and actions that come from an ego place in us.

We don’t know what someone else is going through in any given moment. We aren’t walking in their shoes.

So we need to be mindful of how and where we tread.

As metaphysical lecturer, teacher and author, Louise Hay writes in her book, Power Thoughts: 365 Daily Affirmations:

“We are all doing the best we can with the understanding, knowledge and awareness we have.”

We also need to be mindful to not use our thoughts, words and actions to hurt our own physical and mental health. (Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy and be our harshest critic.)

Everyone is a precious gift and we need to be mindful of our thoughts, words and actions so that we don’t hurt ourselves or others inside or outside.

American singer-songwriter, Chris Rice, in his song “Go Light Your World” reminds us that everyone has a candle, their ‘light of life’, in them. He sings that for some it burns brightly and for others not so much. He urges us to connect with our own light (emanating from our inner place of love, peace and joy) and to take our candlelight and share it with the world. Here are some of the lyrics:

“There is a candle in every soul

Some brightly burning, some dark and cold

There is a spirit who brings a fire

Ignites a candle and makes a home.

Frustrated brother, see how he’s tried to

Light his own candle some other way

See now your sister, she’s been robbed and lied to

Still holds a candle without a flame.


Carry your candle, run to the darkness

Seek out the lonely, the tired and worn

Hold out your candle for all to see it

Take your candle, go light your world.

Take your candle, go light your world.”

So this week, as you prepare for the Easter long weekend, take time to PAUSE, be still, connect to your True Self, your inner Godness, and be mindful before you think, speak or act.

Share words of encouragement, support and love.

Think thoughts of hope, peace and joy.

Do random acts of kindness. Give a compliment.

Share your light. Make someone’s day brighter.

In so doing, we will all live more abundant lives.

Blessings for a Happy Easter /Happy Spring!


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