Using it to strengthen ourselves

June 2nd 2022
We must learn to use criticism and malevolence as stimulants. Whenever someone accuses or condemns you unfairly, just tell yourself that this gives you the ideal conditions in which to grow stronger. If you follow this advice you will one day be victorious, and those who attacked you will be full of shame. Why? Because while they were busy hurting you, they were neither working nor improving, quite the opposite. Now, compared to you, they seem so weak and insignificant! When all is quiet and we are sheltered from harm, we make no effort, but this calmness is not something to be desired. If you could only understand this, you would realize that in spite of appearances, those who are unfairly persecuted are in a very good position.