Here’s a new video from our old friend Puppetji. It’s pretty easy to be angry with someone or some people as soon as you separate them from yourself; assume that they are not you, but very different from you; make them “the other.” I like Puppetji’s take on this – “We are we.” If you can reign in that feeling of others being so different that they just don’t understand you, to something more akin to imagining them instead as being a part of you, part of your existence, your reality, your self, you might find you can be a little more understanding and compassionate yourself, and much more able to make peace inside, to reflect outside.
How does this all relate to wawdwol? Wawdwoling can be really unnerving if you mistakenly believe that you are alone in your wawdwoling, that somehow, everyone else, all those others, or at least a lot of them, have the game all figured out, and you don’t. That’s one issue – comparing yourself to that other. And yet you know there’s no point in that – “There will always be greater and lesser persons than yourself” you remember from Max Ehrmann’s poem Desiderata. But what if that other that you think has got it goin’ on is a part of you? Then, by default, you’ve got it goin’ on too, right? In fact, you do. You might feel that you’re somehow behind, not measuring up, lost. But life is going on all around you, and all inside you. You just need to take stock of the present moment, the present you, and trust your gut in doing one good thing that in your heart you know is the right thing, a good thing, to do in that moment. One little step. And this is how it begins. You are important, you have a precious life that should not be wasted, and so does that other part of you, that other person — and we are all given this precious gift to live together. Try to do one good thing that connects you to another, that allows you to feel like we are part of one another, that we are one. As John Lennon put it: I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. Goo goo g’joob.