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I have underestimated pretty much everyone at different times – myself, those nearest and dearest, extending outwards. This invites me to compassion, forgiveness, humility, silence, stillness, surrender, deep listening, curiosity, letting go of certainty, inviting greater understanding… It invites me to do my imperfect human best to hear and honour the still small voice and inner teacher, and to heed her call. Quite a journey, this guest house. 🙂
Grateful today for autumn, the reminder and invitation to embrace the beauty of each moment and to practice letting go …
Best for a beautiful Sunday, all …
I have underestimated myself.
I have many negative minds, minds of inferiority and superiority, other habits of my ancestors.
By letting go of these mind and all the minds of judgments it’s teaching me Grace. I’m so grateful for this opportunity to let go.
Whenever the question feels awkward, I know it’s a good one. It’s too “easy” to reflect on what made me smile today. I love it when we are stretched. I, as it seems many others, often underestimate myself. I’ve also underestimated my children. I’m learning they are resilient and skilled.
Also think like that when a person makes me uncomfortable. Like I am meant to see something of myself and learn from them.
Many times I’ve underestimated myself and others. A quote I read this morning hit home when I read today’s question. It is a quote from Scout Cloud Lee. She is a UU minister and in an essay she wrote she said, “”When we acknowledge that all life is sacred and that each act is an act of choice and therefore sacred, then life is a sacred dance lived consciously each moment. When we live at this level, we participate in the creation of a better world.” Wow! …”each act is an act of choice and therefore sacred.” It’s really up to us. It’s called free will. We are going to make mistakes. It’s when we don’t learn from them, that we don’t participate in creation, we wound it and ourselves. For many years I was prone to think I knew what was best and only wanted what was best. It came from a strict religious upbringing.. In that sense, I’ve tended to underestimate others. Life had to kick me around quite a bit for me to see the folly of my mind set. I’m much more prone now to let others teach me now. Today’s question reminded me of a poem I wrote a few years ago. I share it below:
Recognizing Our Own Truth or Choice Matters by C. Conner
We have trouble recognizing,
because we are geared to denying
our own truth.
We’re hung up on analyzing,
collecting and fantasizing
our own story.
We’re so busy knowledge-ing,
there’s no room left for knowing
our true Self.
We’re so intent on fact finding,
finite and dualistic thought-mining
that we miss the heart of the matter.
Behold the gift of life
Share and care for it
Thank you for your candidness.
Thank you for sharing your own poem and the quotation from Scout Cloud Lee. I love your coinage of “knowledge-ing”–I do that a lot!
Barb, How are you and your wrist?
Thank you for asking, Rabbit! I have a new cast on that I will wear for another five weeks. ER dr. said I would need surgery but the orthopedic surgeons practice said I don’t so that’s very good news. Pain is manageable thanks to modern medicine and pharmacy. Just frustrating that it’s my dominant hand.
No surgery is good to hear. I read using our non dominate hand is good for our brain. That sure doesn’t make it easier though. I just had some surgery on a finger on my right hand and could still use the others through a plastic bag. So much harder for you with the wrist. Take care.
I have been surprised by many people. I think this says more about me, than it does about them.
This gave me a chuckle, Charlie, for having so much insight and truth packed into such a short statement.
In the past, I underestimated lots of people because I was always underestimating myself. And the ego doesn’t want anyone to be better, so if you think poorly of yourself, it “helps” to think poorly of others. I have since learned to love myself and accept myself for who I am, which helped me accept others for who they are. We are all on our own paths, and we don’t always know what others are dealing with. I am no better than anyone out there. I am just doing the best I can and know that others are as well.
I had a minister once who said people like to notice the faults of others so they can say to their self, “At least I am not that bad.”
Thank you Sunnypatti, for expressing this so well. ❤️
“We are all on our own paths, and we don’t always know what others are dealing with. I am no better than anyone out there. I am just doing the best I can and know that others are as well.”
I feel the same way,
dear sunnypatti . . .♥
Thank you for saying so elegantly the reflection that was formulating in my mind.
This question brings to mind some phrases that I try to keep in mind when I hear things from others or in my own head. If something doesn’t sound right, “Research it!” I had a friend who used to say, “You don’t know that.” It is always good to look or think a little deeper at a situation when tempted to judge or repeat something.
I was told once in a class on how to measure flowing water through a pipe and flowing water in a stream that engineering is a science of estimation. After a moment of hushed silence the speaker then went on to say that “Remember we estimated our way to the moon.” In regards to people I must agree with Kevin. This question is a good reminder not to judge anyone we meet or ourselves. Time will reveal everyone’s true nature.
I work with a lot of engineers and this is a very helpful takeaway. I often think of them as wanting exactness that I cannot provide in my policy work that affects their design work. This statement about estimation bridges the gap.
Underestimating someone (or I guess a thing too) teaches one that you do not know the entire truth and should reserve judgement perhaps.
I have underestimated myself as I have found that I possess great strength and courage from deep within.
I can’t recall a specific person at the moment, but Today’s Daily Question is a good reminder overall not to be in the business of judging people, period.
Does this question mean that I may have put myself above someone else?
Or under someone else, dear Christine?? 🙂
Aaahh 😊. Thank you, Mica 🌷💕
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