I am responsible! I am able to respond with and through conscious awareness of my inner-centered, silent Knowingness. I practice Knowingness moment by moment. Anchored in my inner-harmony, I have the courage to face my own thoughts and actions.
Contemplation / Reflection
In considering this Guiding Thought, I was taken back to a class I was in awhile ago. We were training to be “peer counselors” to coworkers who might experience some kind of on-the-job trauma. In one exercise, we were each asked to share a trauma we had faced. It was a very intimate experience. Everyone was in tears by the end of the exercise. People had suffered the loss a loved one, (child, spouse, parent, sibling, precious friend or family member), experienced a heart-breaking divorce, lost their home, faced life-threatening illness, had a job terminated unexpectedly, been robbed, shot, beaten and more. It was a first-hand demonstration of the fact that we have no idea what hardships another has faced. But face them, EVERYONE has. As my father would say, “everyone has their own sack of rocks to carry”. I am responsible for remembering this. I am responsible for practicing Knowingness moment by moment. I am responsible, through that Knowingness, for facing my own thought, my own misguided belief that I know ANYTHING at all about what someone else has been through, what they’re going through, what they might want or need from me. I am responsible for asking what they might want from me, and for providing it to whatever level I’m able, with love and without judgment.
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This reminds me of a t-shirt a good friend of mine has, “Do you know me well enough to hate me?” (it was for the movie Boys Don’t Cry)