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Each day is full of annoying things. Be grateful for all these opportunities to develop more patience.
THE POWER OF COMPASSION
Wrapped up in your pain?
Nothing compares to feeling
That of another’s.
“Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” (Ecclesiastes 11:1)
Take a look around you. Now cover your right eye and look carefully at the scene or some specific object. Then cover your left eye and look carefully at it. You will notice that it appears a little different each time, though you may need to switch back and forth a few times before you appreciate this fully. It is apparent that what anything “is” depends on the point of view, and it makes no sense to assert that any particular view is “THE ONE AND ONLY TRUTH”.
If this is the case when we consider the two eyes in a single head, think what this implies when we start to consider all the eyes in all the different heads there are.
Of course some folk only have one eye, and some folk have poor sight or else their vision is distorted in some way, while other folk are completely blind. It would be foolish, surely, to argue with them about the “Truth”. Perhaps an approach to the question with a little more understanding and compassion might be appropriate.
Solitude is a state of mind. Transforming “lonely” into “alone” is simply a matter of reorganising a few letters of the alphabet and one or two ephemeral attitudes. Then let go of a few more unhelpful viewpoints and “alone” ceases to carry that imposed burden of discomfort. Could have done this ages ago.