[Transcribed from podcast #198] What a wonderful quote this is—learning to ignore… I’ve spent so much of my life defending my idea of what is right and wrong—and with great enthusiasm and vigor arguing with people, whenever I have the chance, about why I’m right—and, from maybe many people’s perspectives… people would be in agreement more than not, and then of course your ego gets that boost of being right and winning, sort of controlling the situation…
As I gain a little bit more wisdom, I am slowly but surely learning to let (go) of this idea, this way of approaching life: being at peace is more important than being right, and realizing that it’s okay that everyone have different perspectives; it’s okay that someone is not seeing it your way. Yes, it may be right to you—your perspective may be right to more people than not, if you were to take a poll, right? But the difference in perspective is what makes the world go ’round.
I was talking to a friend the other day and they were talking about how nauseated they are by the sort of “Kardashian world”—they just used that as an example; no offense to the Kardashians, but you know—that sort of shallow, superficial view of the world and this reality television kind of thing that makes a lot people lose faith in humanity… like, “Is this what we give our attention and energy to? Where’s some depth; where is some meaning?” You’ve got to understand: arguing that that’s wrong… it’s as right as anything is right; it is all a part of the great tapestry of this life!
Imagine… you, listening: you may think of yourself—I know I do—as somewhat of a unique, outside-the-box individual; “I’ve got something unique and somewhat special to bring to the world, with my perspective and my way of being and living, sharing…” Now imagine if everyone was exactly the same as you. Now what would it be like? “Imagine if the Kardashians were exactly like you were,” is what I said to this person that I was talking to… imagine what that would be like! It gives you no uniqueness… anything that’s not like you allows you to have definition, and this is the beauty of how Source experiences differentiation—’cause if Source is all one and it’s all love, and it’s all the same thing, then there is no contrast! So we have to have these alternative perspectives.
The next time you bump up against someone with a different perspective than your own, think of Timber Hawkeye, who says this: “If someone tells me that the sky is green, I simply say, ‘okay’. I don’t need to agree with them. I don’t need to prove them wrong, or show them ‘proof’ that I am right, if/when I believe otherwise. I simply go on with my life. With a newfound understanding that to some people the sky looks green, and I’m okay with that. It keep external conflicts from disturbing my inner peace, and isn’t that where world peace begins? With each of us being peaceful?” Love this… the great thing is that I had three quotes back-to-back today, that let me know what today’s episode was about. A couple of people shared with me, then someone posted… it was like, back to back to back: I saw, “learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace,” then this Timber Hawkeye post came at me next, and then right after that, just to solidify, “this is what you’re supposed to talk about”—my friend Tyler posted, “Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Take all these together—great synchronicity today with this episode; if they would all come together so easy, it would make my life easier..! Taking this perspective in and really understanding; if someone doesn’t understand you, that’s okay, a lot of great minds are misunderstood… many, most; all great minds are misunderstood at some level; not everyone is going to see it your way, so let’s stop trying to convince others to see it our way. You can share… and then let go. You don’t have to take your most valuable asset—your peace of mind—and flush it down the drain in order to… be right?! What good does that do? It does no good! So this is one that I resonate with so, so strongly, and I was so happy to have today’s topic sort of delivered to me, because it’s one that I resonate with very closely; I’ve always been a fiery debater of sorts and this is something that I am slowly but surely getting. It feels really good.
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