Once upon a time there lived a guy named Gary. Gary was a very religious person and wanted to live a heaven-bound life. He took the challenge of following God’s commandments very seriously.
One day when he was going over some of the events that took place in his job he noticed that an extremely negative thought concerning one of his co-workers began to grow in his mind. Gary had a disagreement with this co-worker and this is what generated his negative thinking towards this individual.
Rather than become consumed by this thought Gary decided to look deeper into his intention. Was he simply angry with this co-worker from a zeal in believing he was right or from a principle of evil which wished harm on this individual? With an inner sincerity, rare for modern humans, Gary was shocked to discover that the latter was true.
Horrified by this self-discovery, Gary knelt on the floor and prayed to the Lord God to help him resist and remove not only the thought from his mind, but the stinging and hurtful intention of his heart.
Beyond Gary’s world, on another plane of reality, Gary’s guardian angel was tending to a heavenly garden. She was in charge of cultivating Gary’s heart and mind. When Gary had noble spiritual thoughts she would water and care for these thoughts in order that they would grow, blossom and bear fruit. When Gary had ill thoughts she would do some spiritual “weeding.”
On this particular day, Gary’s guardian angel noticed some stinging nettles had suddenly appeared in the garden. She knew these hurtful and stinging things that had recently germinated and were trying to flourish, did not belong in a heavenly garden.
A dove then landed nearby the angel and she knew that it was a sign from God that these hurtful influences should be removed from the garden. So the angel yanked them out—roots and all!
Back on earth Gary felt a new sense of inner peace. He knew that God was helping him. He now decided that he would treat his co-worker differently, even if an argument should arise. He would base his comments on a more spiritual intention—one of sincere respect and love. Gary’s inner peace now emitted a special warm glow that comes with genuine happiness of the heart.
Gary’s guardian angel also received a thrill at that exact same moment. All the plants in her heavenly garden began to grow and emit a wonderful fragrance!