Good Morning, konnichiwa, this is not one of my photos, it is one from Pinterest that I used many years ago in one of my blogs. I dug it out to use again, because I want to relate a thought to you, it is one that I have been “munching” on since a visit with an acquaintance the other day. I found myself in her company for several hours and where usually it is a pleasant enough interlude, yesterday she was in a particularly “negative” place. It was one complaint after another. To her it is not complaining, she is simply voicing her discontent with the world around her. As I listened to her, there was seldom a space for me to interact, I wondered how such obvious negativity could be affecting her life.
In the media and the “news flashes” that pop up in our social media reading, I read or should I say, I see, headlines, that I now just delete. I don’t always watch the news because it is so repetitive. What I do, DO, is I interact with a lot of people. I would like to say that my interlude yesterday was something that I don’t encounter often, however, that would be an untruth. I heard myself interject at one point, and say ” X, unless you are perfect, you should not be judging and criticizing others” “There is no way you can know that person’s circumstances, nor what really happened, unless you were there, participating , etc.”
OMG so unprofessional, it just came out, my inner self slapped her forehead. My reality is that I see life as the beautiful view outside that window. Yes I see the cracked window and the dirty sink, I also see that whoever took that picture, put a lovely flower at the corner of the sink. I appreciate that life, the world is made up of a number of factors, The picture might not have been so interesting had it been a rainy cloudy blustering day.
If all we see is the negativity in the world, then that will be our world. Happiness is a state of mind that begins from within.
PL Principle # 6. I will not be stubborn, being captured by my own thoughts.
PL Principle # 5 I will not get angry at anyone or anything.
PL Principle # 4 I will live with the spirit of “misasage” (devotion) working for the happiness of others.
In PL, we do our best to live these Principles on a daily basis. It is our choice, we have chosen this way of life. We share our world, but we do not insist that others see the world our way. Our goal is World Peace, something that can be achieved, when we learn to listen to one another, and to appreciate that someone else’s reality is not our own.
I reacted yesterday, and will today do my best to ensure that she is having a good day, and remembers the good moments in our visit yesterday. We did have a good time. It was MY reaction, and I will address why I reacted during my quiet times ….. then I’ll move on.
Namaste – Oyashikiri
that picture is a work of art, did you look closely at it, did you see the face the artist put in
I would love to know who did this picture, who pulled it together, if someone knows, please….
let me know..