April 12

Today's quotation:

You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you.  You have to go to them sometimes.

A.A. Milne in Winnie The Pooh

Today's Meditation:

A student in one of my classes once made the claim that life was all about just sitting in one place and waiting for the world to come to you, because if you sat in one place long enough, everything would come to you.  I tend to think that if I decided to sit in one place for a long time, everything will pass me by, but it won't necessarily come to me.  After all, what motivation would people and things have to come to me if I weren't acting at all, and just sitting there?

Sometimes it gets frustrating when we do go to people and they don't respond well.  But whether their response (rejection, disinterest) is a reflection of us or of them, it's important not to get discouraged when such things happen.  We can choose to look at it for what it is:  a message from life that this connection isn't supposed to be right now.

On the other hand, we often find that going to others is a tremendously rewarding experience.  We see other people respond quite happily to our interest and our caring, for we've put something very pleasant into their lives.  When we go to someone, we show interest in who they are and how they're doing, and many people are yearning for someone to show such interest.

Sitting and waiting for the world to come to you will result in a pretty safe and tedious world.  After all, we face no rejection and no hurt.  But we also create no reasons why anyone would want to come to us.  And yes, we are all inherently valuable human beings, but we never allow others to see and experience our value if we do nothing but sit and wait.  And we also never recognize the needs of others who may need someone to come their way every now and then.

Questions to consider:

Why is it so easy to stay in our own corners of our Forests?

What are some simple ways that we can "go to them"?

How much do we grow as people if we stay in our own corners of our worlds without venturing out and takings risks?

For further thought:

Unless we give part of ourselves away, unless we can live with other people and understand them and help them, we are missing the most essential part of our own lives.

Harold Taylor



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