I decided to follow the Buddhist Boot Camp philosophy and not speak unless what I have to say is true, kind, and necessary. Well, I haven't uttered a word in three days! Do you realize how much we say is unkind and unnecessary?
Well, I can tell you, probably 99.9 %.
The problem with life is we are too judgmental. Someone says, "That guy needs a dentist." Well, do they know that guy can fix anything? He lives in his own happy little world and has never been in a position that afforded him the means to have his teeth repaired. Should we shun him or mention his nasty teeth to everyone we meet?
"Well, this here guy came up long side me and scared the bee geezus outta me," the lady said. We aren't asking her to lunch at the tearoom, are we? Yet she has three college educated children she put through school while scrubbing floors at the hospital. Everyone adores her. We are so shallow.
The same goes for tattoos, fat bellies, and bald guy comb overs.
It all boils down to this. We don't know why people talk, walk, or look like they do. So don't judge.
We are all here to be the best authentic person we can be. Instead of looking down at people, smile.
say,hi, what could it hurt?
There is a story about collective consciousness I have always remembered. Jane Goodall had lived with the gorillas for almost twenty years when she saw a young one do something no other gorilla had ever done. I wish I could remember what it was. Let's just say he ate a banana upside down.
She noted it. Five days later, every monkey in the group was doing this and then reports came in from around the world. All gorillas and monkeys were now doing the same thing.
Maybe we could do the same thing.
Maybe our positive thoughts and silent blessing to people will become a worldwide movement.
I can only hope that for one day you will try to not say anything that is not kind, true, or necessary.
It is a huge eye-opener.
Try not to think it either, because thoughts become your reality, only pick the good ones.
If I am preaching I am sorry, not my intent. Mostly I am trying to remind myself that we are here to create. Create books, good dinners, happy kids, wonderful days, memories, and clean floors... if that is all we know.
What will you create today?