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The understanding that our lives are shaped by not only genetics but also the challenges and adversities we have faced throughout our lives. Kia Kaha.
See with eyes of curiosity rather than judgement.
Peoples passion and drive towards it. The true excitement and love they hold towards wanting to achieve something. All the things they’ve gone through and still managing to keep a smile on their face and work towards a better future.
Honest reflection of my own journeys, sympathy and empathy for my fellow human being, and acknowledgment/belief that the journeys of others, while distinct and unique, can be generalized in some manner to opportunities and challenges that we all navigate in varying degrees.
Acknowledging that I am only responsible for myself and I am only in control of myself. Everyone has their own battle that they are fighting and it is not up to me to judge. Just as much as I would not want anyone judging my journey and the path I choose to take.
By being kind to everyone. Including myself. If I can’t respect and forgive myself for negative choices. How can I learn to do better. How can I help & respect anyone else 🤔
We all started at the same point and meet at the same goal. Isn‘t it interesting how much different ways there are?
Love this. Thank you.
By honoring my own journey with all of its peaks, valleys, stumbles, detours, twists and turns… with radical acceptance, radical compassion and loving-kindness. In the words of Jerry Garcia “What a long, strange trip it’s been”
Om Shanti friends ♥
OM Shanti, Diane
It starts with the acceptance of my own path and remembering that my judgment is just a projection of my insecurities. Listening to peoples stories with compassion, is one way of showing respect.
I can’t think why I wouldn’t respect the journeys of others. I may at times be curious or interested in others’ pathways, as we all have our own life experiences. If it seems appropriate, or we have connected in some way/s, I may ask gentle questions to further a connection over time.
On this Tuesday, hello to my friend Diane! I hope that all is well with you and yours!
Good morning friend. I always look forward to our meeting here on Tuesdays….it is a gift.
Sending blessings for a peace-filled day. ♥
I’m thinking about this one from the inverse–what do I do if I encounter someone who moves me to a feeling that might not be respect, a feeling that’s the opposite? I suppose I often don’t really think about their journey in the moment. What I’m noticing is the expression of the person they are right now (which of course was formed by that journey). Bringing genuine curiosity in that moment and asking questions that start from a belief in their fundamental worth (however misguided I may feel they are on that particular topic!) would help me relate to them from a place of respect, and in doing so I would actually become a part of their journey for a few moments.
Simply the knowledge that we all have “masks” that we wear from time to time, and that some of the happiest-appearing people I have known are really amongst the most broken and sad inside. One never knows what “demons” one’s neighbors are wrestling with so it behooves us to be gentle and kind and respectful rather than judgmental of others.
So true, Samuel. Thank you for this reminder.
Respecting my own journey as well as others. Accompany my own as well as others with Love. Be true to my own as well as towards others. Value my own choice as well as others. Happy and grateful to be on the path I am, wishing myself to fulfill the path my heart is longing for as well as I wish it for each and everyone. Peace be with you all, dear friends.
By recalling the value of my mistakes and triumphs. If I try to steer someone else’s life journey, I deny them opportunities to gain not only their own hard-won wisdom but also the joy of overcoming their struggles.
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