Friday, October 19, 2012

“When you plant lettuce…”

Another Pole who understands Japanese posted the following on her FB page on Wednesday. Credit goes to Ewa for posting it and to Thich Nhat Hanh for writing it.
I invite you to take a few minutes to read it. After that, read it again. Slower, this time. Go ahead. Sip your coffee or tea while you read. Think about how it can apply to you and the way you go about your day. I’ve been ruminating on it most of the day.
Which is why I want to share it with you.
When You Plant Lettuce
Thich Nhat Hanh
"When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other ...person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change" __________________________________________________________ Have a great day!!!

1 comment:

  1. Changing my response to difficult people doesn't make them any less difficult, but it does change the outcome and creates less stress on me. The blame game is such a drain. I practice walking away from that daily. Great post!