The people at my job are driving me crazy. People who I thought I liked are beginning to get on my last nervous and the people who I knew I didn’t like are really close to hearing the laundry list that makes them so unlikable. 168 more words
A reputation is a tricky thing. On the one hand, knowing that it is illusory, we shouldn't try to cultivate one; on the other, consistent behaviours lead to a reputation even if it's only among our friends and acquaintances. Christ said, "Only in his hometown and among his own people is a prophet without honour." For if we have no good reputation, for what reason will people come to us for help, or heed the help we try to give? But the point is that we are to love people, not to judge them, not to be equal with them or better than them. Christ himself said, "I have come, not to condemn the world but to save it." Or, to paraphrase, "I have come, not to judge people but to love them." In the seventh limb of yoga, Dhyana (or meditation / mindfulness), the seeker dedicates all his actions to the Lord. In other words, at this stage of our progress we only seek a reputation with God, who knows our works and whether or not we are worthy, regardless of our reputation here on Earth.