‘It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and to look at neither the remarks, nor the deeds, nor the lives of others.’ – Saint John of the Cross
A friend sent that quote to me the other week. Wisdom, knowledge and choice, to me, is freedom….assessing where your time is best spent or not, which endeavors, with which people, with what thinking.
And this is a good thing.
This 4th of July freedom holiday in American, it’s curious to me….’holidays’ and how folks perceive them, what we are all conscious or unconscious of in our various worlds.
I am less and less inclined to be a joiner…of frankly much of anything. I like the freedom to change my thinking, my beliefs, my style, my friends, my work, my concerns, my joys. What yesterday was a priority might today not be. Just cause. Cause I changed my mind, or more often than not, my heart.
Waking up to new ways of feeling and being. I want to change my world, thereby changing THE world through my presence in it…in a good way…..oh, if I can. Quietly really. Or, maybe not. I might change my mind.
The same friend mentioned above sent the following thought:
‘Most of us cannot help comparing ourselves with others, at least now and then. In fact, this has become so entrenched today that in order to have self-esteem, it seems almost necessary to say, “I am better than he is, so I am good.” As long as we compete with each other and compare one with another, a certain amount of envy is inescapable. It is the very rare person who is completely free from jealousy.’
I’m thinking today about the idea of self actualization, becoming the best ‘you’ ‘me’ we can be. And it’s entirely personal. Entirely. And with that, I’m wondering what it might feel like, BE like to really not worry what people think, if I am understood, if my intent is received or not.
And with that, I am fully aware that we all need to make things what they ARE before we can change them. So, I intend forward.
I intend forward while I sit with today.