Doing Unto Ourselves

“When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice that it is small, but we do not criticize it as “rootless and stemless.” We treat it as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed. When it first shoots up out of the earth, we don’t condemn it as immature and underdeveloped: nor do we criticize the buds for not being open when they appear. We stand in wonder at the process taking place and give the plant the care it needs at each stage of its development. The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change; yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.”

—W. Timothy Gallwey

So why is it we can be so hard on ourselves? Why so much judgement, so many negative things we say to ourselves (and about others) when we are in process of growth? What would our lives be like if we could just feel satisfaction about where we are and WHEN we are in the process?

Just a thought running through my mind today.

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