A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. “I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.” -
The kind of person that I aspire to be. I come up short a lot of the time, but I think I’m doing fairly well.
In the words of House, everybody lies. Whether it be to themselves or to others, everyone lies. Why? Lying gives us a sense of control over our situation. We are taking it, changing it, manipulating and molding it into the life that we want to lead. We will lie to ourselves to stay in relationships and friendships, even (and maybe especially) when they are harmful to us. We lie to others to make ourselves look better, or to become the person that we see in our minds.
We’re all hypocrites, too. Why? Because we are all annoyed by liars, and only so because they have ripped control from our hands. When we’re lied to, we generally end up feeling used, because we did not have all (or any) of the information necessary to make a decision about our actions. No one likes looking like a fool, and when we’re lied to (or about), this is what happens.
Liars run our country. They run our life. [S]He who has the best story has the most control. And that’s what it’s all about — control. People are interesting, because we want to deny our animal roots. We have religious, social and governmental constructs to set us apart from our fellow animals. And yet, at the end of the day, it’s all about becoming the alpha.
It’s weird how time can change something you thought would always stay the same.
Susane Colasanti, Take Me There (via simply-quotes)
So very, very true.
So, a friend of mine was ranting about stuff right now … and when I saw this photo, I thought …. Wow, this is her in angry kitty form.
Everything has its own place and function. That applies to people, although many don’t seem to realize it, stuck as they are in the wrong job, the wrong marriage, or the wrong house. When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong. You also know where you don’t belong.
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh (via simply-quotes)