Cordial: (adj) courteous and gracious; friendly; warm:
“It doesn’t work! Not nowadays!”
That’s the statement flung in my direction whenever I suggest that kindness, gentleness and being cordial is a viable option to bitterness, strife and animosity.
It seems the entire human race is frightened by the prospect that being merciful is setting them up, like a golf ball on a tee, to be driven far, far away by a
smack with a club.
Yet no one sits down and asks the simple question, “What happens when people are no longer intimidated by your bad attitude?”
You may frighten people off by being suspicious, nasty and unfriendly, but eventually, someone will be terror-free, and others will learn to shed their fear of you. Then they will come with torches and pitchforks, to kill the Frankenstein who was so rude to them.
That would be you.
There’s one thing for certain—no one has to go to bed nervous, asking him or herself, “Is my cordial attitude going to backfire on me?”
There’s a peace that follows being peaceful.
There’s a blessedness attached to being a peace-maker.
It is so precious that people will begin to believe that you’re a child of God.
The bravest thing you can ever do in your life is to refuse to fight, argue, attack and brutalize another human being. The risk is that they will still turn on you and destroy you while you stand there, helpless.
But there is the possibility that your unwillingness to draw blood in conflict with them will at least give them pause.
If you refuse to join the battle, any further attack makes them murderers if they kill you, not warriors.
Cordial people survive to have great-grandchildren and write the history books about those they out-loved.
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