The previous quote was from the late French philosopher Albert Camus. It explains the purpose of our lives: why we’re here on this Earth. Camus stresses upon the fact that we’re here to help others, to make the world a better place. Man wasn’t born to be solitary. He is a social creature. And, as we tend to find out as we get older: human relationships can get tricky and people get hurt. I chose this quote because it shows us the ideal way to handle relationships. An ascent to such perfection and ideal coexistence is going to be hard. Still, everyone of us needs to go on that journey to find inner and outer peace.
When people are confronted with this quote, they generally think it’s about sacrifice. You’re giving away your own happiness and calmness in favor of others: hating no one, forgiving those who have wronged you, keeping in touch with those who have forgotten you! But, that’s not the way I interpret the quote. Everything Ali Ibn Abi Talib asks you to do is in your favor. Forgiving others releases you from the power they have over you. If you’re still angry because of what they did to you, you’re still their prisoner. You’ll never reach that state of peacefulness and happiness. You’ll always be tormented by their actions. I’m not saying you should go back with them and accept their abuse. No! Just accept what happened to you and never talk to them again. Know that hurt people hurt people. And there’s nothing you can do to change it. I’m quoting from Prince Ea here. (I’ll put a link to his video down below).
Extend your hand to those who have forgotten you, so that they know you remember them. How many times did you suffer from loneliness and wished there was someone out there who remembered you and thought about you? Be there, if they need you, they’ll find you.
Do not stop praying for the best for those you love. They deserve it, don’t they?