My sweet, great-aunt used to have this thing. When she greeted you, she would say ‘Peace be upon you, darling. How are you? I hope your conscience is clear’.
It’s a bit of a bizarre way to greet people, and as a child I never understood it. It almost comes across as an accusation of a misgiving.
Now, as a not-so-child, it is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard and I try to live my life by it.
It’s wishing that you are able to rest with ease at the end of the day; to live your life free of guilt* day to day. It’s hoping that you have done nothing that goes against your morals and that all your success has come from your own hard work and not by cheating or hurting others to get to where you are. It’s hoping for true satisfaction – that you may genuinely be content and proud of yourself, that you can genuinely reap what you sow.
It’s the prayer that your heart is clear of unnecessary hate. That you haven’t treated anyone in a way which you never want to be treated. That you have given everything that you can to those around you, be it financial assistance, a helping hand, a reassuring smile.
I don’t need to tell you how to do that. I don’t need to teach you how to be a good person.
Just be kind to one another.
So tell me. How are you? I hope your conscience is clear.
*Seriously. There is no need to feel guilty about having that chocolate. You deserve it.
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