September 27

Today's quotation:

People are not intended to see through the eyes of another, hear through another's ears nor comprehend with another's brain.  Each human creature has individual endowment, power and responsibility in the creative plan of God.

Abdu'l-Baha

Today's Meditation:

It's important to keep things like this in mind when we try to make others "see things our way."  Whenever we try to convince someone else that we see things in the only truly "right" way, we reduce the world to a very limited, very narrow place indeed.

The way I see the world is unique to me, and I value my perspective for exactly what it is:  a limited perspective on an unlimited world.  But if I'm to be fair in life, then I must value the perspectives of others, too, as being just as valid as my own.  Other people have grown with different experiences and different input into their lives, and it's not up to me to impose my way of seeing things upon others.  Once I do so, I'm showing a lack of respect for another person's uniqueness and individuality.

I am who I am, and if I respect that fully than it's easier for me to respect the fact that other people are who they are, and that it's not important for me to try to get them to see the world through my eyes, to understand things the way I understand them.  Rather, if I can try to understand the way they see things, I can learn much more about life, living, and this wonderful world of ours by seeing everything in a new light, from a new perspective.

Questions to consider:

Why do so many people feel that they're "teaching" when they're actually trying to get others to see things the way they see them?

How can we learn most effectively by allowing others to explain to us their ways of seeing things?

How can we show respect for others' ways of seeing life?

For further thought:

Be yourself.  Above all, let who you are, what you are,
what you believe, shine through every sentence
you write, every piece you finish.

John Jakes

  

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