Wednesday, November 4, 2015

One minute, two, a lifetime, the world

I think one of the most revolutionary, transformative acts we can undertake, is to set aside a moment during which we do not criticize anything or anyone, including ourselves. Criticize no husband, no wife, no child, no acquaintance, or friend. Criticize no politician, no religious leader, no organization, no criminal, no celebrity, no teacher. Criticize no form of employment, no way of life, no sexual orientation, no perceived shortcoming. Do not even criticize the weather. See if you can do it. See if you can let go of that deadly old habit, and with it the familiar illusions of superiority and inferiority, failure and success, long held so dear, and then feel those undermining elements within you subside. It is not strength and resistance we need most in this life, but to learn the art of acceptance and letting go. One minute, two, a lifetime, the world. Love, help, and a positive sense, are sweet, essential nourishment.


Jonathan Chant said...

Perfect, William. Reminds me of this:

'Nor thou be rageful, like a handled bee,
And lose thy life by the usage of thy sting...'

- Tennyson.

William Michaelian said...

Ah. Sheer eloquence. Thank you, Jonathan.

Jan said...

Well said, William. These words have hit home with me. Hopefully one minute will lead to two and with each moment that passes a healing of the soul, will give me more understanding and forgiveness for my fellowman and in so doing forgiveness for myself~

William Michaelian said...

Beautiful, Jan. Thank you.

Gary B. Fitzgerald said...

By Golly, William, you're becoming downright Taoist.


William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Ambassador. As we map-less travelers like to say, If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.