When you look at the world through someone else’s eyes, can you see that life is just as challenging for them as it is for you? Can you see that we’re all doing the best we can with what we know and learning more to do better? Until I could understand this, I couldn’t forgive those who judged me or found me wanting, especially myself. I was like a broken record with the needle stuck in the same groove. I stewed in my own juices of anger and frustration, born out of self-judgment, judgment by others and the demands and expectations of living in a material world. Without understanding, forgiveness, and love in our hearts, how can we change the picture we see of the world? How can we change the way we are? How can we move forward?
Once I could admit to myself that life is just as challenging for others as it was for me, and that my parents were doing the best they could with what they knew (see The Healing Power of Forgiveness), I couldn’t help but love and forgive them. I couldn’t help but forgive myself. By ending my habit of expecting, demanding, and judging, I freed myself to see the good things my parents and others did for me then. When we free ourselves of judgment, we free ourselves to see and appreciate how good we are, how much we do and how well we do it. If my My Encounter with the Energy of Unconditional Love is any indication, we’re all trying to do the best we can with what we know and learn more to do better. It’s one of those things we know intuitively but not consciously. Isn’t it time to change that?
Roger Peterson “Pete” – https://realtalkworld.com
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having (creating) a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller
What others will not or cannot do for us, we must do for ourselves.