We must look wider than what hurts

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“We begin so aware and grateful. The sun somehow hangs there in the sky. The little bird sings. The miracle of life just happens. Then we stub our toe, and in that moment of pain, the whole world is reduced to our poor little toe. Now, for a day or two, it is difficult to walk. With every step, we are reminded of our poor little toe.

Our vigilance becomes: Which defines our day – the pinch we feel in walking on a bruised toe, or the miracle still happening?

It is the giving over to smallness that opens us to misery. In truth, we begin taking nothing for granted, grateful that we have enough to eat, that we are well enough to eat. But somehow, through the living of our days, our focus narrows like a camera that shutters down, cropping out the horizon, and one day we’re miffed at a diner because the eggs are runny or the hash isn’t seasoned just the way we like.

When we narrow our focus, the problem seems everything. We forget when we were lonely, dreaming of a partner. We forget first beholding the beauty of another. We forget the comfort of first being seen and held and heard. When our view shuts down, we’re up in the night annoyed by the way our lover pulls the covers or leaves the dishes in the sink without soaking them first.

In actuality, misery is a moment of suffering allowed to become everything. So, when feeling miserable, we must look wider than what hurts. When feeling a splinter, we must, while trying to remove it, remember there is a body that is not splinter, and a spirit that is not splinter, and a world that is not splinter.”

~ Mark Nepo


Quote Source: Whiskeyriver. Image credit of Common Yellow Throat

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  1. I am glad to hear it because it is a good things for our country, the Tanzanian

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  2. Reblogged this on Executive Training Dubai.

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  3. Beautifully written, unarguably true – tough to always remember. Am reblogging…

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  4. Reblogged this on Waiting for the Karma Truck and commented:
    So beautifully written and irrefutable. Hard to do? You betcha.

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  5. Fantastic picture………

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  6. Wow, just wow. I love the analogies. And Mimi’s right (as she always is), spot on, but so tough to do… This one will have me ruminating for a bit…

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  7. Oh, I love this. Thank you for this one.

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  8. I really like this

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  9. I have read this over and over and over. It’s true. All of it. Remembering the big picture is not always easy.

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  10. Michael Zahaby says:

    Wow! Deep

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  11. What a fantastic perspective to be challenged to take, from adolescence on – we get so easily *snarked* (yes, I just turned snarky into a verb…hmmm?) and focus on the negatives. Eloquent reminder..wow!

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  12. “…remember there is a body that is not splinter, and a spirit that is not splinter, and a world that is not splinter.” Yes, thanks David.

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  13. Reblogged this on Radiating Blossom ~ Flowers & Words.

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  14. Reblogged this on SherayxWeblog.

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  15. Very well said!

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  16. redondowriter says:

    Just what I needed today.

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  17. “Misery is a moment of suffering that’s allowed to become everything.” Choice is a powerful thing.

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  18. I love this! Thank you for sharing it, David.
    Russ

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  19. Reblogged this on Makere's Blog.

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  20. Reblogged this on The Teaching Artist.

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