June 14, 2017
The following quote is attributed to Anais Nin, a Cuban essayist and memoirist born and raised in France.
“WE DON”T SEE THINGS AS THEY ARE, WE SEE THINGS AS WE ARE.”
This thought brings to mind one of my all time favorite Buddhist parables, which goes something like this:
One day as the Buddha was sitting under a tree, a young, trim soldier walked by, looked at the Buddha, noticed his weight and his fat, and said: “You look like a pig!” The Buddha looked up calmly at the soldier and said: “And you look like God!” Taken aback by the comment, the soldier asked the Buddha: “Why do you say that I look like God?” The Buddha replied: “Well, we don’t really see what’s outside of ourselves, we see what’s inside of us and project it out. I sit under this tree all day and I think about God, so that when I look out, that’s what I see. And you, you must be thinking about other things!”
Thomas Aquinas expressed this in a famous axiom: Whatever is received is received according to the mode of its receiver.
If this is true, and I believe it is, then, as the Buddhist parable suggests, how we see others is telling about what’s going on inside of us. Among other things, it indicates whether we manage our thoughts from a good and kind place, or from a negative and unkind sensibility.
TRAVEL UPDATE –
No matter what we plan, LIFE tends to get in the way. More often than not, this turns out to be a good thing. The road trip with Tim has been postponed until mid or late July. The reason? I’m going on a cruise with my cousin Joyce.
Yep – we’re going to Boston, MA, and then Newport, RI, then on to Bermuda for three days. We are both very excited! In the 60’s, she and I took a road trip from New Jersey to California. I wasn’t quite 21. Although that’s a very long time ago, we still have the fondest of memories. Here we are in 2017, ready to make new memories – I’m certain it will be all that we wish for.
My next post will be about our cruise – stay tuned.