"We aren’t kind. We aren’t honest. We aren’t brave, and we might as well give up right now.
But when we apply the instruction to be soft and nonjudgemental to whatever we see right at that very moment, then this embarrassing reflection in the mirror becomes our friend. Seeing that reflection becomes motivation to soften further and lighten up more, because we know it’s the only way we can continue to work with others and be of any benefit to the world.
That’s the beginning of growing up. As long as we don’t want to be honest and kind with ourselves, then we are always going to be infants. When we begin just to try to accept ourselves, the ancient burden of self-importance lightens up considerably. Finally, there’s room for genuine inquisitiveness, and we find we have an appetite for what’s out there.”
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
I’ve borrowed this amazingly wonderful book long ago from Nikki, a great friend of mine. I have every intention of returning it (I should probably do so and just get a copy of my own) but for now I can definitely say it’s taught me so much and it still continues to teach me today. Thank you for sharing this with me, Nikki! I’m forever grateful.