“One cannot reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.” – Lao Tzu
Our world is in a state of crisis. It is nothing new. It is a constant thing. But each and every day, we can make a difference by choosing Awareness.
Being aware of our action and reaction to the crisis and conflicts in our inner world, can direct our contribution to our outer world.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Ghandhi
Last Thursday, a text and a call sent me into a fearful and panicked state, the twin triggers of anger and hate. In my state of distress, I turned to a friend I’ve come to respect on so many levels.
I value his approach to life, people and the little things. You can see how a person is with the bigger things, by observing the way they are with the seemingly insignificant, little things.
He is not perfect, but no one is. In some areas he admit he’s downright clueless, and apt to repeating the same painful experiences until he learns–but isn’t it the same with all of us?
With these things in mind, I looked to him for help.
He began by asking a series of questions to clarify a few things.
In my state of mind, there was no helping me. It was like trying to walk across a field planted with old explosive land mines.
Instead of fighting fire with fire, I am grateful he maintained his calm composure and fixed his eyes on the problem, never averting it to the person who is making him the problem now.
Even when I told him to forget it, he kept a steady gaze towards finding a solution instead of backing off and leaving me to my misery.
“…my dear friend, I just want you to assess the situation and know what kind of a person you are dealing with at the moment.
Every word or action draws a reaction.
If shit happened, so be it, it’s about finding a solution now correct (?).
There are ways to solve a problem like this, just try to understand the nature of this aggressiveness, and maybe we’ll (find) the best solution together.
When there’s chaos, the calm one prevails.” – AT
As we’re mindful of a world in crisis, let’s extend our mindfulness to the simple, little things.
“Every word or action draws a reaction.”
“When there’s chaos, the calm one prevails.”
Are we contributing a problem or a solution? Are we adding more fuel to fire and playing our parts as agents of fear and anger and hatred and war? Or are we making space for peace by working on our inner peace?
Let it begin with me.
Let it begin with you.
Let it begin with us.
“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb
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