BREAKING THE CYCLE
Abraham Lincoln had a gift for transforming his enemies
into friends. For example, an influential Chicago man named J.S.
Moulton was a harsh critic of Lincoln during his campaign for the
presidency. After Lincoln’s victory a reception was held in his
honor at a Chicago hotel. Lincoln spied Moulton making his
obligatory trip through the receiving line. Lincoln called out to
him, “Mr. Moulton, you don’t belong there in the receiving line.
Come and stand here by me.” Moulton became one of Lincoln’s
most loyal supporters.
Some people make lists of their enemies and plot ways to
get back at them. That just continues the cycle of animosity,
poisoning everybody with resentment. But when one dares to
return good for evil, the poison of resentment is shut off, and
beautiful relationships are born.