|Magnanimity is the river that runs its course around the hard rock of our|
ego and pride. (Picture from Janda Baik village)
Magnanimity costs nothing
But the cruel tyranny of your ego
And the bitter indignation of your pride,
As they cajole and push you to judgment and anger,
To which, you reply, "That way, I shall not go".
Firmly closing the door to hate, hubris
And the conceit of thinking we know what lies
In the well of the human heart.
I met an old friend recently, and how shall I put this delicately... we had a past of sorts. A history of incrimination, disappointments and rejection. Given the circumstances, my friend, whom I shall call Mr.M, had all the reasons to be indignant, bitter and was well in a position to tell me "I-Told-You-So" and "What-do-I-care?-Go-Suck-An-Egg".
Mr.M would not fall into the category of the ornately pious. He is a funny ol' sinner with an earthy sense of humour, but above all he is also kind, gentle with a sweet repose of empathy in his eyes. With him, I learn the meaning of magnanimity, empathy and giving someone a break. Because after all, don't we all need a break sometimes?
Have a wonderful day, sunshine. And may today bring you a new discovery of some beautiful aspect of an old friend whom you thought you knew well enough already.
wa min Allah at-taufiq
Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way