Isn’t it interesting how we have these “buzz words”; these trendy phrases it seems the whole world starts using all at one time? And then we assume that we all mean the same thing when we say the word and yet we never stop to clarify?
I was chatting with Chad the other day, telling him a story and I started talking about compassion and he asked me to define it, so he could get a clearer sense of what I meant. I realized that I had never thought to define it. As I was reading the posts from yesterday’s blog it seems as though I am not alone.
Many of you expressed that this is not something you spend time defining and yet it is something we start wars over, we punish babies for. We kill and feel justified over that which is “good” or “bad”.
I wonder what would happen if we ever took the time to sit and think about the fact that the people we are interacting with have no idea what we mean half the time. We base our interactions on assumptions and then react when we feel like someone isn’t “agreeing with” or “understanding” our point. We are so silly.
I am listening to a book on tape by a Buddist Nun named Pema Chodron and she talks about the practice of responsibility. Essentially, making a commitment to recognize that any anger is your anger and usually is based in a misunderstanding; making a commitment to remit yourself of this truth every day for one year, how different we would all be!
Anyway, just food for thought because I struggle to define “good” and “bad” on my own as well!