posted on Aug, 23 2010 @ 03:47 PM
Hello fellow members, I thought it would be interesting to extract some of the wisdom here at ATS.
We have all received some advice at some point that was a " real light coming on" moment, changing the way we think and/or look at things.
I will include 3 personal instances:
1) My Father taught me the virtue of patience by taking me fishing when I was young. Not only do you get an exercise in stillness, but patience too.
I would always get a "bird's nest" in my reel which is a big tangle that most people would just cut out and start over. My Father however,
encouraged me to patiently untangle the mess and it would take 15-20 minutes. To this day I recognize the patience instilled and am grateful.
2) Out of curiosity I studied various religions in College and one of the most important things I learned was encouraged by our teacher. With all of
the variances in cultures and religions, it is just as important to notice our similarities as it is to notice the differences. This made a light go
in me that brought tolerance into my perspective, and made me feel more a part of the global community.
3) Another teacher(English) once took us to a park to watch the ducks. There were different species which included Mallards, white ducks, and Teals.
We sat and observed how each different duck clan stuck together and even picked on the other varieties. The teacher pointed out that it is
natural(biological)to express disapproval and perhaps the aggression is some type of survival instinct. These, however are animals, and we are self
conscious humans, so the difference is how we process the innate observation/judgement as it arises within, like a bubble surfacing to the brain. We
acknowledge the differences amongst us, but then upon recognizing it, as a human we can transform that observation into a gracious recognition of co
-humanism, and make room for respect and perhaps admiration.
Since that exercise, when I see someone that I may have once scoffed at, I now redirect the energy into that of a more accepting vibe, considering
things like where that person is coming from, or what experiences have shaped their lives.
Saying this do I mean accept everyone all the time? No, but make a little room for more tolerance and become more aware of how our minds work.
I feel compelled to include an ATS lesson I value too...Don't believe everything you see/hear without cross referencing and personal research. I
have said goodbye to many o charlatans that I once held as high authorities.