Right? Or Happy?

On how many interesting relationships have I missed out by labeling others as — well — others?  How much common ground have I missed because of my unskillful ability to hear what others were really saying?

When I think of people with prejudices, how much of the judging is mine?

How many have I pushed away because of what were really superficial differences in points of view?

How interested am I — really — in learning more about the world and the people in it?  Enough to keep my mouth shut and listen, and then find something I can agree with, rather than automatically disagreeing with those…others?

Sometimes I seem to be improving in those areas, slowly but surely, although I have a long way to go.  How are you doing?

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About Bill

Birder, cat-lover, pilot, poet. Former lounge lizard, pauper, pagan, lifeguard, chauffeur,cop and martial artist, turned pacifist addiction writer. Tries to be a good husband, father and brother, and makes a decent friend. Likes to take pictures. Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

3 thoughts on “Right? Or Happy?

  1. Hi Jessie,

    Congratulations on your 40 days and 1001 nights! It really is a new world, isn’t it?

    Keep on keepin’ on!



  2. Excellent post. I too often find that I wait for people to stop talking so that I can insert my two cents, rather than truly hearing and understanding the other’s point of view. I do notice that I am a somewhat better listener sober, but I do have a long way to go. However, I feel like even in 40 short days, I’m evolving into a true human being, and I like me more every day. Thank you for the reminder to truly listen and to strive to understand others. It really does open up a whole new world, which is a beautiful thing!


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