Thank you, Dolly Parton + Examining My Resentfulness + This Makes Mom Scream
Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,
Kettle on? Cuppa ready? Great.
Thank you for letting me into your space and time today.
Here is today's' PEI Covid News
Prince Edward Island has a new 'friend' in Dolly Parton. Fantastic news for young readers and their families. Thank you to all involved and to Dolly. Story here.
Todays' thread I am going to pull on is 'friendship.'
Being a friend to someone, I don't know is sometimes easier. Only because I don't layer on what I think this person should do or could do to make their life or my life better.
What does being a friend mean?
"Much of the vitality in a friendship lies in the honouring of differences, not simply in the enjoyment of similarities." ~ James Fredericks
It saddens me when I see or read people being disrespectful, especially towards those who don't look or sound like members of their own family. And this happens locally as well as globally. We are tribalists, after all.
When I want to blame others for my lot in life, I see the world through a negative mindset.
Oh, but how my world illuminates in full colour when I choose friendship with myself carefully and intentionally.
When I treat myself with dignity and respect, it reflects in my attitude towards others.
I don't see the world as it is. I see the world as I see myself.
Or as Anais Nin states, "We don't see the world as it is, we see it as we are"
James Allen, in his 1907 classic book, As a man thinketh, writes the following;
Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes,
And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes
The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:—
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking-glass.
There is so much to learn from other cultures.
The top layer of our skin, the epidermis, is only .05 mm thick. It's the only layer that is visible to the eyes. Remove it, and you have 7 billion people who are all the same colour and wanting the same thing.
"There are no strangers here; only friends you haven't yet met.'"
- William Butler YeatsWhat little I know. I love learning.
In the Hindi language, which is one of the two official languages of India, there is there a word, Genshai (pronounced Gen-shy)
Children are taught to never look at, touch, or address another person in a way that makes the other person feel small. You can only become a true practitioner of Genshai when you treat yourself the same way.
I enjoyed Life at the Frontier: The Conversational Nature of Reality, a Ted Talk by David Whyte.
I recently heard Jordan Peterson state, "examine your resentfulness; it is revelatory." I found it to be a powerful statement worthy of the time given in doing the exercise.
Viktor Frankel wrote an influential book in nine days. The book Man's Search for Meaning is favourite reading for millions. A quote from it.
"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last human freedoms-to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to chose one's own way."
Attitude is everything.
Your relationship with yourself is and always be directly reflected in all your relationship with others. ~ Vironila Tugaleva
Let's treat ourselves and each other with respect.
We all come from here.
While writing today, I listened to Célimène Daudet. Loved it. Her piano playing is heartfelt and yet, crisp. Sample listen to her new album, Haiti mon amour, here.
Have a nice and friendly weekend.
With love from Prince Edward Island,
Bruce + Millie
"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight." ~ Phyllis Diller
ps. Your Morning Smile
Two children went into their parent's bathroom and noticed the scale in the corner.
"Whatever you do," cautioned one child to the younger one, "don't step on it!"
"Why not?" asked the sibling.
"Because every time mom does, she lets out an awful scream!"