The most POWERFUL thing I have EVER read. Take the time to read this. Helps to see past the facade of what is REALLY going on inside every human you have ever accused of any of these traits. It makes it so much easier to understand instead of judge.
In the face of complaints, look that person in the eye and imagine what it might have been like to be raised to see only what is wrong.
In the face of selfishness, wonder what it might be like to walk the world with a feeling of lack, of depletion.
In the face of insults, consider where this person first learned that it’s okay to abuse others.
In the face of disconnection, think about what causes it, and ask if your response will widen the river between the two of you.
In the face of laziness, recognize the fear of living big dreams.
In the face of extremism or fundamentalism, see the clinging, as well as the terror-filled silence that would arise for that person if they risked letting go.
In the face of controlling behavior, understand the chaos that must have bred it.
In the face of “always needing to be right,” see how often this person was once made wrong.
In the face of arrogance or bravado, hold gently that still, small piece that says “I’m not enough.”
In the face of drama or attention-seeking, see the person who wishes so much to be seen.
In the face of accusation, imagine what it might be like to live life with suspicion.
In the face of judgement or comparisons, step into the opportunity the world has just provided you for practicing love and acceptance.
In the face of passive-aggressiveness, recognize the child that wasn’t taught a safe way to express their truth.
In the face of anger, see the pain of isolation from others.
Most importantly: In the face of ferocious hatred, believe in the possibility that there exists the potential for equally as big, intense, lovely and fiery ferocious LOVE.
I can vehemently say that after this weekend, I know the true intensity of blood, sweat and tears in terms of the lengths one would go to for a passion they cannot live without. And this has nothing to do with rugby. When you literally bleed, sweat and cry for something you love to do, regardless of what it is, when no one knows the behind the scenes of what you go through in order to put the pride of what you do forward to another. That is when you know that what you are doing is your calling. Don't give up, the pain you go through is merely a byproduct of fierce conviction and an indication of how important it is to you. Do it anyway; not for the reward but for the love.
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
~ Margaret Thatcher
It's a good thing.
Avoid loneliness by embracing solitude.
Solitude is a gift that you give to yourself.
If you can't receive yourself as a gift then how can you receive another human being as a gift.
To make the right choices in life you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.
~ Deepak Chopra
I love being alone. I never found a companion that was so companiable as solitude
~ Henry David Thoreau
How I see it...
I see, speak and write in metaphors because I feel there is much we can learn from nature, people and our surroundings as depicted in my photographs and why I enjoy sharing my thoughts. Not in any attempt to convince or convert you to my way of thinking, seeing or feeling but to share how I see and experience MY mind map of the world. You at no time have to agree, all I ask is that my views and the views of others who wish to express theirs are kindly respected. So relax, get comfy and just enjoy. Happy reading!