Reflection time?

by Rod Smith

When I am callous, short-tempered, sarcastic, indifferent, I know it is time for me to cease activities and to go aside.

It’s time to take stock and get back in touch with my humanity. The edginess, bristling, my snarky comments, are my warning signs. They warn me that I am getting pulled away from my humanity, my center, that I am avoiding something deep within me that’s aching to be addressed, and I am ready to ignore your humanity or at least be indifferent about you and to you.

My anxiety or busyness or odd feelings of elevated self-importance are doing what they always do, isolating me from who I really am, who I want to be. This false sense of being is isolating me also from you and all fellow travelers on this amazing shared journey.

If I catch myself in time, humble myself, recalibrate my goals, restate my vision, the most important shift that occurs within me is in perspective. The shift allows me to see you for who you are and gain a more accurate view of who I am and who I want to be.

Thankfully, I lose my coldness, my indifference toward self and others. 

As a result I am better able to care, to switch positions – in my imagination – with any person and ask myself “how, if I were he or she, would I like to be treated?” and then to do that.

Original work by Willem Onker

One Comment to “Reflection time?”

  1. The Golden Rule shines through…treat others the way you want to be treated.

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