Friday, May 4, 2012

Thoughts on being a better person

Today, as I walked my dogs by the bay and watched the birds flying by the water, I was taken over by the feeling we are all connected.

I was connected to my dogs, to the fish swimming and the birds flying by. I looked up at the sky and felt the immensity of the universe growing inside of me.

It got me thinking I would like to be, even if a little tiny bit, like Gandhi. Of course, compared to Gandhi I am a little ameba in this path of enlightenment, but I would like to attain the courage to drop the mask of cynicism that has become necessary, or at least I think, to survive in the world.

Truth is that "playing the game" has hurt me. It made me a person I sometimes don't recognize in the mirror. I've been so preoccupied with pleasing that I lost myself in the way.

I am searching for the way back. I took a little detour, but I want to return home.

A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. Mahatma Gandhi


Natasha said...

I wish I could express my deep gratitude for you right now. See you stopped by my blog and left such a gift of kindness but I came here and heard a voice I needed to hear. Pleasing people used to be my favorite past time - not really it just seemed that way. As a recovering perfectionist and people pleaser your words resonated with me. YOU are already emerging as the beautiful soul you are - the soul you are meant to be. Keep sharing and shining. You are an inspiration.

foxysue said...

A lovely post, I connected, it resonated, we shared, our paths merged!

Enjoy your weekend. x

Sherri B. said...

I just spent a few minutes looking at your beautiful blog...I relate to you so much and your words resonate. I believe we are kindred spirits! :) I am also a full-fledged introvert. Thank you so much for commenting over at my blog about anxiety...I'm very glad I found your blog and I am looking forward to seeing your future posts! Your art is beautiful.

Susan said...

"I've been so preoccupied with pleasing that I lost myself in the way." This line is so much true of me. Saying 'Yes' has always been so easy for me. But to say 'No' takes courage and I'm still learning that.
Thank you for visiting Ariel.

Anonymous said...

First of all - AWESOME photos...absolutely beautiful, and conveying the feeling that we ARE all interconnected with the universe. I agree with your beliefs here, and I too, have a hard time finding a balance and a way to focus on myself. I so get where you're coming from. I think we all get lost in that direction from time to time. We need to look at the world and ourselves through pics like above and feel our connection to the universe.

The Introverted Art said...

Thank you so much to all of you for the kind words and spirited heart.

Nomi Lubin said...

Hey, thanks so much for visiting my site and also for championing the introvert. Much needed, I believe. Take care,