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My enemy opened the doorway to heaven...

Life is either hell or heaven for me, and, astoundingly, I discovered that I, decide moment to moment what my experience will be...

For instance, the point was driven dramatically home to me, when, years ago, a defence attorney who was extremely hostile to me in court, finally lost his battle to get his client off the hook,
We wearily trudged towards the exit-door, and I happened to be just behind him,
He paused, turned around to face me, and very graciously held the door open for me to exit first,
Astounding and decent as that act was, it was nothing compared to what I saw in his very alive, very aware and very educated eyes,
His message, albeit unspoken, was this:-
‘The battle is now over fellow-brother, I did my best to defend my client, so, it was necessary for me to attack you and vilify you and attempt to discredit your testimony, but, its over now, the jury has spoken, my heavy task is done, I want you to know that I bear you no grudge, and ask your forgiveness for the vicious manner in which I assaulted you...’
Wow! Unless you’ve had a similar experience, you cannot imagine the feeling that welled up inside me,
My tight chest immediately opened up, way-up, and all the pent-up negative energy just evaporated,
And my hell was instantly inverted and I entered my sweet heaven,
I looked into his eyes, and my unspoken message to him, was:-
‘I fully understand now that you did what you had to do, absolutely no hard feelings, indeed, instead I send you all the love I can muster! Thank you dear fellow-brother, that through your grace, you showed me the door to heaven...’
Since that day many years ago, I’m still growing in applying that lesson,
Every day, every moment, I remind myself to enter thru the doorway to heaven, and to give hell a miss...,
This is greatly facilitated, by my making conscious eye-contact with my fellows, and, most importantly by directing my being to speak with its ‘heart’ and not with its ‘head’...,
Thus, head-to-head, I enter hell,
But, heart-to-heart, I enter heaven...
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Posted: Apr 2013

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Jyonnah
Earlgreytea, this just moved upon my heart like a bulldozer! Yes, I do know this experience personally. In fact, more than a few times I was shown this grace and mercy in my lifetime. But recent circumstances hardened my heart and I alone allowed it. I choose your wisdom today! Thank you for this tremendous gift of freedom & life! rose daisy bouquet teddybear
smmerwind
Great write as always Earl. The ending is powerful.

Nice to see you again
Fellsman
A beautiful philosophy Dear Earl: As always, you show us the path to enlightenment with your words of wisdom and wise human insights.

I am not, nor have I ever been a person of envy (but I acknowledge that all my other faults and character defects more than make up for that) - and yet I do envy you a little... NO! - not any posessions you may have, I have no need of anyone's possessions - but I do wish I had a little more of your unique brand of humanitarianism and understanding of the human condition.

I love your all too rare visits to this corner, you never fail to give all your readers here the most wonderful lessons in what human decency is all about. Fair wind to your sail dear friend.

Bill wine wine
shadow1950
a wonderful insight Earl Grey you show people the meaning of fairness and true spirit well pennedteddybear bouquet hug wine
Odette67
Dear EGT,

It is always a pleasure when you pay a visit to this little corner with your philosophical thought provoking write's. We human beings do respond to a gentle word... Just like we get up-tight when people are angry. hug purple heart
SundaySilence
Whenever you re-appear on the corner with your words, wisdom, and devine talent for sharing, teaching, reaching out to us mortals--it is indeed a blessing.
morgen90210
I once thought a long time ago
that I miss you dearly my friend
but now I truly know I'm alone
for you can see for yourself
just how much you are missed
and how your poems affects
all in not most of us poets

nice to see you again
a hug like a son to his father
pls don't forget to drop by
once in a awhile and say hello
heart wings hug
wildflower5555
And the entrance to heaven has no door .Its forever open.Heart to Heart.Just one step Superb Write.EGT Never fail 2 read you
peace
Poetnumber1
This is fine message my friend,you never fail to impressive.The ending is just fantastic.cheers
Macduff5
Hi EGT,

You know that I love your gems of wisdom. I wish I could be so magnanimous. Thanks for sharing. cheers
Earlgreytea
JyonnahReading, Pennsylvania USA
20 hours ago

Earlgreytea, this just moved upon my heart like a bulldozer! Yes, I do know this experience personally. In fact, more than a few times I was shown this grace and mercy in my lifetime. But recent circumstances hardened my heart and I alone allowed it. I choose your wisdom today! Thank you for this tremendous gift of freedom & life!



smmerwindSan Francisco, California USA
20 hours ago

Great write as always Earl. The ending is powerful.

Nice to see you again

you honor me so with your gracious comments both of you, thank you...
fjamesj9701
Most potent and excellent penmanship , thank you for sharing and good to see you Earlgreytea ...Jessehandshake
Happygolucky4uonline today!
Aww I see you are like me. Your feelings in life and how you view it can change minute to minute, in a blink of an eye. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as always some can look and see the light at the end of the tunnel as a way out others see the light as a train bearing down upon them. But the reality is untill one gets there they don't know for sure laugh

" it was nothing compared to what I saw in his very alive, very aware and very educated eyes,
His message, albeit unspoken, was this:-"

As always ones perception can make a big difference on how one sees things in life.


Hope life is treating you good teddybear
jk2you
How true EGT. How true. I wonder if your reaction would have been the same had you lost your case as a result of his hostility.
Ladybee42
Earl - it's a great story but I ain't buying it! laugh He looked at you and thought, 'Sheesh I better be nice this guy could be a client some day,' and you looked at him and thought, 'Sheesh, I better be nice this guy might win the next time I'm here.' uh oh
just sayin' grin
Of course that is the skeptic side of me thinking that dunno
the softer part of me says, isn't it good to remember all the lessons we learned especially the most bizarre and unexpected ones?
You're a lovely man and thank goodness for that.
Nice piece of writing Earl.

purple heart purple heart
Earlgreytea
FellsmanDent, Cumbria, England UK
Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:17 PM

A beautiful philosophy Dear Earl: As always, you show us the path to enlightenment with your words of wisdom and wise human insights.

I am not, nor have I ever been a person of envy (but I acknowledge that all my other faults and character defects more than make up for that) - and yet I do envy you a little... NO! - not any posessions you may have, I have no need of anyone's possessions - but I do wish I had a little more of your unique brand of humanitarianism and understanding of the human condition.

I love your all too rare visits to this corner, you never fail to give all your readers here the most wonderful lessons in what human decency is all about. Fair wind to your sail dear friend.

Bill

as always you make my day with your sagacious and gracious comments dear Bill,
salute... wine
Earlgreytea
shadow1950taunton, Somerset, England UK
Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:22 PM

a wonderful insight Earl Grey you show people the meaning of fairness and true spirit well penned


Odette67Penrith, Cumbria, England UK
Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:26 AM

Dear EGT,

It is always a pleasure when you pay a visit to this little corner with your philosophical thought provoking write's. We human beings do respond to a gentle word... Just like we get up-tight when people are angry.


SundaySilenceLittle Gasparilla, Florida USA
Sun Apr 14, 2013 4:11 AM

Whenever you re-appear on the corner with your words, wisdom, and devine talent for sharing, teaching, reaching out to us mortals--it is indeed a blessing.


morgen90210singapore Singapore
Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:35 AM

I once thought a long time ago
that I miss you dearly my friend
but now I truly know I'm alone
for you can see for yourself
just how much you are missed
and how your poems affects
all in not most of us poets

nice to see you again
a hug like a son to his father
pls don't forget to drop by
once in a awhile and say hello

Thank you all for your very touching comments,
Vaya Con Dios...
rapturecapture
Hi Earlgreytea

You have the scales of the heart sweetly in balance with the soul... in this amazing story.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful mindhug angel wave
Earlgreytea
wildflower5555Australind, Western Australia Australia
Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:43 AM

And the entrance to heaven has no door .Its forever open.Heart to Heart.Just one step Superb Write.EGT Never fail 2 read you



Poetnumber1St James Trinidad and Tobago
Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:20 PM

This is fine message my friend,you never fail to impressive.The ending is just fantastic.


Macduff5Newcastle, New South Wales Australia
Sun Apr 14, 2013 4:01 PM

Hi EGT,

You know that I love your gems of wisdom. I wish I could be so magnanimous. Thanks for sharing.

Many thanks for your encouragement, I 'see' you all...
trurorobonline today!
One of your best narratives Earl, great philosophy.
Rob
Earlgreytea
fjamesj9701In Gods Hands, Florida USA
Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:13 PM

Most potent and excellent penmanship , thank you for sharing and good to see you Earlgreytea ...Jesse

Hey Jesse, thanks for your encouragement, hows god's country = Florida these days? I miss it a lot, it was my favourite holiday playground, even though i was lugging 6 delightful young daughters and 'Mom', my beloved hearthrob and mother of my children, wherever we went, nostalgic memories...
darkhorse555
respect to the pen lovely piecethumbs up tip hat
Earlgreytea
Happygolucky4uTreasure Coast, Florida USA
Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:45 AM

Aww I see you are like me. Your feelings in life and how you view it can change minute to minute, in a blink of an eye. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as always some can look and see the light at the end of the tunnel as a way out others see the light as a train bearing down upon them. But the reality is untill one gets there they don't know for sure

" it was nothing compared to what I saw in his very alive, very aware and very educated eyes,
His message, albeit unspoken, was this:-"
As always ones perception can make a big difference on how one sees things in life.


Hope life is treating you good


Thanks for your wishes dear Happygolucky, I hope all is well with you, my friend... kiss
freedom64
great write
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