I’ve applied this idea to myself and my life regularly.
and with the expectations I have for myself.
Noting any flaw and generalizing it to define me.
Does life not going as one hopes or expects mean life ain’t worth living? Nope.
(Do we sometimes live as if this is true?)
The sum of one's parts? Balance between "good" and "bad"?
Strengths vs weaknesses?
(Do think they produce pies?)
That cow pie.
I guess the short answer is to love and be loved.
No matter how we feel, how we look, what we can do, what we can’t . . .
Honest, transparent, beautiful me.
No matter my limitations.
No matter what I can or cannot "contribute".
No matter if I'm able to speak or run or dance . . .
I'm here to be whoever and whatever I am, right now.
If you can climb mountains: climb mountains.
We are all gems just as we are.
Look for that spark in those around you.
Seek to recognize that glow within yourself.
Smile at it.
Don’t get distracted by the cow pies and the dog poop.
They are nothings which distract from what is truly beautiful and real.
Love and truth wash them away.
Compassion . . . kindness . . . gentleness . . .
for self and others
will draw out the shine and the sparkle that's in each of us.
Thanks to Joshua Seek for sharing this interesting final picture with me!