I research and write for some relatively well-known clients, so I have to triple check every word; even studies cited over and over on the internet, (and in books!)turn out to be untrue on a relatively frequent basis. (I don’t mean just inaccurate by the way, I mean totally made up.)
As a mindful person, I notice that I am “disappointed” (which translates as “mad that things did not go my way”-thank you for that, Venerable Bhante Sujatha), every time some fabulous fact proves to be false.
And even more interesting, every single time this happens, I have the desire to use the false fact, hoping no one will do the research it takes to verify it’s veracity.
Every. Single. Time. This reminds me that no matter how much I practice, I will always be human, which means I will always seek to fit the world into my limited view, rather than seeing the truth.
In my poem, Swimming, I say this: “Your view never leaves you.”
I like to remember this, especially when I am absolutely sure about something or diametrically opposed to anything. Those two sentiments usually mean my Mary-colored glasses are in the way of seeing something important.
I’ve learned to manage this propensity to see the world through only my tiny sliver of a view by asking myself to see the world through the eyes of another being on the planet.
Every day, I remind myself – my point of view is just that – a minuscule point of an enormous global view.
Have I looked at this through the eyes of a starving child? Have I considered my son’s point of view? Have I wondered how the morning started for my brusque train conductor, or noticed the grocery clerk watching me text while she rings up my order?
I can “try on” as many points of view as I like about anything.
With a little effort, I can even picture a meeting of sorts: a starving child, an American teenager, a billionaire, a president, and a priest, for example. I can imagine my opinion about my circumstance or myself or someone else’s self or circumstance, laid down in front of them. What do they think?
Many of us are familiar with asking God for guidance or help; too often, we forget that God is within each and every one of us, and that we are all connected, according to hard science, not just religious faith.
Today, if you are having a “moment” a “day” or even a “year,” stop for a minute and try on the eyes of your child or someone that loves you. Instead of pretending like it’s your last day on earth, try to imagine hearing from someone in a hospital who actually had their last day on earth-what would they tell you? With a little practice, you can even listen to a council of beings you admire.
Just remember, you can ask for guidance from your brilliant mind, which can provide another point of view that might offer comfort, instruction, reassurance or helpful information.
Also, never believe anything you read on the internet!
Happy Tuesday, happy people.
Thank you so much for reading, and sharing, and most especially, being open to a wider point of view.