“We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.” ~ Anaïs Nin
We see through our eyes at all times…
We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.”
This quote (which has been attributed to Anaïs Nin and also has been assigned a Talmudic origin) has a certain resonance in my soul. It’s a resonance that can clang about with all of the wild cacophony of a histrionic circus or ring with the sweet, lone clarity of a bell on a still night.
It can be both mind-blowing and incredibly humbling to be reminded of how self-minded we, as individuals, can be. While this is not inherently a bad thing, it can certainly be detrimental in our understanding of, and compassion towards, others.
Just as our behavior has more to do with our own internal struggles and other’s behavior has more to do with their internal struggles, so too do we see things as we are and others see things as they are.
To be fully and completely part of this world, and to live up to our own potentials, we must continually remind ourselves of these simple, yet complex, truths.
By doing this, by being mindful, present, and aware, we are more able to begin seeing things more as they truly are within the scope of what we are. And, as we learn this, we will perhaps be better able to extend grace, kindness, and even a certain amount of understanding to ourselves and to others.
Namaste ~ Ella
~ This was originally published as Affirmation Mondays 41 and has been edited and updated for present use.
~ Affirmation Mondays are positive words of wisdom, insight and joy to add a bit of cheer to the start of your week and any day you need a bit of a pick-me-up! For even more inspiration please check out my Affirmation Mondays Pinterest Board and my Quote-spirational Board!