... I can choose to observe
as separate from my own.
Making sense of our life is a very big assignment. We have to juggle many strands of influence and enculturation and, somehow, configure our personal perspective on what things mean to us.
This is a major task. It takes hard work and, when we finally get a handle on how to interpret what is happening, BAM...we run smack into someone who has formed his own (and very different) picture about what things mean.
And this new and different picture can feel very disturbing if it doesn't jibe with ours. We have a natural tendency to want everyone to see things our way...after all, we have struggled long and hard to get to this point of understanding.
But this other person...these other individuals...have struggled, too, and they are equally convinced of the validity of their life "picture". What may easily ensue at this point is a debate on the "correctness" of each interpretation.
But every person's path in life is unique and has been created by their individual circumstances.
There will be differences in their perspective and ours and that is OK. Those differences need to be honored as the path their individual journey has taken. And the processes used by others to draw their conclusions are a part of their sacred journey.
What IS important is to support each other by honoring EVERYONE's lifework...by seeing it as the unique expression of their vision...as a process separate from our own.
This process is an exclusive course of action which is serving a particular individual in this moment. We do not need to argue its merits, nor convince someone to our way of thinking. We do not need to feel threatened by another's view of life.
What we CAN do is observe it with objectivity and, if we feel inspired by what we see, we can choose to tap into that vibration and explore its possibilities as they could play out in our lives.
Everyone does not need to see things the same way even though that may feel most comfortable to us.
We are all here to have our own experiences and adventures and to learn to process them through our hearts. Let's try to give compassion and support to our fellow earth dwellers in PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE.
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