We see people through a filter, a filter of how we see ourselves. Until the self-filter disappears, we won’t actually see our fellow man or even Life itself.
I love exploring this dynamic of looking for approval in the world or in others. It’s fascinating because, as I mentioned on Wednesday, in order to get someone else’s acceptance I must first reject myself. It’s like saying, “I must be who you want me to be, and not be what I am.”
Depression and/or anxiety seem to be a common occurrence in human life, in some form or another. Everything from wishing things went differently in the past to a worry about how things will go in the future. This pointer greatly simplifies the issue.
How often do we feel pushed around by time, either wishing we had more or wishing it would hurry up? Oh how hilarious it becomes to see that time is yet another illusion we use to hide beyond.
There is a tragic (but innocent) comedy in looking back at all my resistance to change, afraid of losing what I held on too. And now, as I rest here in this moment, I see that nothing ever went how I wanted it to, as in, nothing stood still; everything changed.
Way back when, such a quote as this would have irritated me. I would have found difficulty with the invitation to “Be content with what you have.” Mostly because, at the time, I genuinely believed there were things in this world to acquire, and doing so, would lead to the contentment I craved.