“It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see. ~ Henry David Thoreau
What if we could greet others on their path—wherever they are and however they show up—from a place of peace? From a place of egoic surrender?
What if we don’t meet defensiveness with defensiveness, but with patience and understanding for another’s pain?
Can we, collectively, acknowledge that given different parents, siblings, skin color, education, culture, or upbringing, we too, would think, act, and believe differently?
Imagine playing with curiosity and shushing judgement.
Let’s try to recognize that most of the time, when adults react rather than respond, and especially when grown-ups overreact, it’s because the child in them doesn’t feel safe.
That scenario applies to the person in the mirror, too. Holding ourselves with compassion, kindness, and calmness when our egos want to throw blows invites an entirely new scenario, a more pleasurable interior embodiment, which radiates outward, with or without intention.
What if we invite love to stand witness with us?
Somewhere in time, we integrate our brokenness with our wholeness and stand in respect for our soul’s journey—and therefore, everyone else’s.
What if we give ourselves and others a break, just for today?