Boundless

We humans are prone to fooling ourselves and others regarding possession of beauty, goodness, and truth. We cannot help it because that is the nature of subjectivity. We place high value on these attributes because we want to claim them as our own assets.

One looks in the mirror and detects a flaw. Perhaps the jawline doesn’t favorably compare to that of the fashion model on the billboard; or the hair doesn’t conform to social “standards” of attractiveness. The assessment erodes one’s concept of self-worth and confidence, so we try to counter the supposed flaws with cosmetics, diets, or surgery.

Another person wants to appear more knowledgeable and fun-loving, so she looks for unusual hobbies or impressive experiences that will make her seem more exciting and will garner prestige. Someone else fears that they appear shallow to others, so they take up an unusual philosophy or religion–perhaps gaining acclaim and awards in the process. Generally speaking, we all think and do these types of things to some extent.

We still feel a twinge of deficit in some valuable virtue or other personal asset. However, we wish to convey to others, that we do possess them in abundance. We try to fool others and others try to fool us. We try to appear less flawed while others do the same. This goes on from generation to generation. This is part of the human legacy that has existed since pre-historic times.

Yet there is another aspect to most people. Perhaps we discover it while viewing a spectacular sunset or by witnessing a courageous act of selfless heroism. Maybe we find it while sitting quietly at home in contemplation of the world. We realize that there is some degree of beauty, goodness, and truth in everybody. These attributes can be found in everyday folks, priests, politicians, criminals, and oneself.

When we discover that the nuggets of beauty, goodness, and truth are within us, we place less emphasis upon trying to fool others about how good, beautiful, and truthful we wish to appear.

Everyone, including conservatives, liberals, women, men, adolescents, children, foreigners, devoted religionists, atheists, nihilists, even our adversaries have beauty, goodness, and truth at the core of being–although these are usually hidden from view.

The first step is for people to get back in touch with our inner selves. When we rediscover our own inner beauty, goodness, and truth, we can replace our fear of lack with more self-acceptance. Our searches for superficial remedies will subside while we seek out meaningful ways to become the best versions of ourselves.

To be beautiful, good, and truthful, doesn’t mean outward appearances and putting on faรงades. It means to be our best selves for our own sakes. If we crave acceptance and kudos from other people, we will continue to suffer. Authentic beauty, goodness, and truth are found in acceptance and understanding of oneself, and in turn, others. We find hidden meaning when we allow boundless compassion and love to bloom within us.

Boundless compassion and love are tempered with growing wisdom that the world is what it is. Boundless compassion and love are not the same as naivetรฉ. The goal is not to become doormats to be exploited by others. Rather, boundless compassion and love help us gain insight into the makeup of the minds of ourselves and others.

Wise sages and teachers have reminded us that we see more clearly when we refrain from deceiving ourselves and allowing others to deceive us. Armed with discernment, we realize that we already contain what we’ve been seeking. Our suffering lessens when we allow the seeds of boundless compassion and love to grow.

Namaste


The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes author, teacher, and Catholic lay monk, Wayne Teasdale. “We have been given the gift of life in this perplexing world to become who we ultimately are: creatures of boundless love, caring compassion, and wisdom.”

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6 Responses to Boundless

  1. Yernasia Quorelios says:

    ๐Ÿ’Ž – Diamond Hard – ๐Ÿ’Ž

    ๐Ÿ’Ž If We can Sense It, especially in our Sleeping Dreams, it is a Reality EveryOne; if We DisLike Others it’s because We DisLike OurSelves EveryBody…there is this wonderful quote from Osho; in Summary “…the capacity to be alone is the capacity to love…” and many other quotes about ‘alone but NOT!!! lonely’ because a Loner Shooting Others and a Person Embracing Solitude Differ; it’s Crystal ๐Ÿ”ฎ Clear Clarity that Solitude is a CHOICE!!! or Perceived as an Imposition

    ๐Ÿ’Ž – Diamond Hard – ๐Ÿ’Ž

    …๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž…

  2. Beautifully said and written. Maggie

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