Some quick reflections..
I was talking to someone who seems to have problem after problem but never seems to heed advice until they experience it for themselves. You may have experienced the same. The encounter left me to say, welcome to planet Earth.
Life is not easy, and is not intended to be either. Like anything it has many levels and facets. Imagine if we were all equals, with no problems, all doing the same things and life all sound – it won’t work. That is why everyone is born with a natural talent that differs to another. One of the central differences between us is who we are as an individual, as a person, and as a thinker. This is one reason why we can have misunderstandings, envy, and hatred. Yet what is so amazing is all of it comes down to one thing – it’s love. Like they say, money makes the world go round, love actually goes makes the world go round. Rūmī says:
“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.”
Speaking to the person led to a question – Why do you live with grudges? How do you deal with problems? Or who creates problems? Why do you hold someone’s words for years upon years in your heart? Why do you get angry when someone broke your plate?
What we need to recognise is that people have sensitivities; we are all as human as each other. We all just happen to fit into different locations on the same spectrum.
The lesson of the encounter was to tread carefully with each other. What’s important is how we deal with life as it is, as we walk the walk and talk the talk. Let’s say your plate broke at the hands of someone you know, instead of going wild at them, why not ask yourself: “How bad can it be?” You will realise it is not so bad, all it takes is reflection.
You can always buy another plate. You can always start again. That’s what is so beautiful about life itself, it keeps giving you chance after chance in order to start anew. Opportunity after opportunity, it gives you the chance to a take leap into an opening. What if the plate broke but someone got mad at you for it? “You were the one who had it and you broke it, I am going to kill you!” Well again, ask them how bad could it be? Let’s get another. This plate can’t return by getting mad.
Coleman Barks reflects beautifully when he says,
“The homemade American mystic Joe Miller used to stand up
and yell Yā Fattāh (O Opener!) in an audience whenever
he heard something he liked.
There is an opening that is beyond thought.”
You need to forget what others say or do. Just keep going on about what you do in your life. You came into the world alone and you’re leaving the world alone. Ultimately you need to fulfil your purpose. There will always be good and bad. The good fellas and the bad fellas, they come and go. Welcome to planet Earth. The question is this: under whom do you wish to be remembered? The good fellas or the bad fellas?
I will leave you to listen to Mawlana Jalāluddīn al-Rūmī (r), read the words again and again if you have to, they are full of meanings and lessons.
“Where did I come from,
and what am I supposed to be doing?
I have no idea.
My soul is from elsewhere,
I’m sure of that.
And I intend to end up there.”
“When you do things from your soul,
you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
“I’m so small I can barely be seen.
How can this great love be inside me?
Look at your eyes. They’re small,
but they see enormous things.”
“Every tree, every growing thing as it grows,
says this truth, You harvest what you sow.
With life so short as a half-taken breath,
do not plant anything but love.”
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