“Whenever I interact with someone,
May I view myself as the lowest amongst all,
And, from the very depths of my heart,
Respectfully hold others as superior.”
Felt uncomfortable with this spiritual suggestion at first, and wanted no part of “lowering” my Self.
That’s un-American, to believe others are superior, and that I should see myself as lower than another. What ever happened to the spirit of egalitarianism? That all men are created equal with the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
You say, I got that wrong? It was the pursuit of “property” that Thomas Jefferson first wanted inserted into the Declaration of Independence? Never mind. We ended up with “happiness,” didn’t we?
How can I, how can anyone, be asked to “lower” themselves while interacting with another?
Well, I started thinking and got an answer from a great source, one of the most humble persons of my life time:
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
You can’t view your Self as better than anyone, because love can not form from such a start, such a beginning viewpoint. You can’t have time to both love and judge.
But lowering yourself?
Humility or humbleness are not what I consider to be the most “courageous” of character traits. But only a “brave” person can choose to automatically see another with the utmost respect, the utmost honor due someone we normally reserve for only those we feel we should look up to: the famous, the high-achievers, those with the proven track records in what ever course of life they excelled in.
It is the brave person who views “all” others, all “sentient beings” with the respect due those we see as superior, is what I am coming to believe now.
I knew this as a child. I wanted to believe it in adulthood, but learned a person could not “get ahead” unless they tooted their own horn, never discounted their own worth, and always started off on the “right foot” to make that good “first impression” to succeed. Confidence, my dear boy. What you need is confidence to look another in the eye and show them your Yankee know-how.
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