Recently I’ve discovered that I’m really not an ‘All or Nothing’ type of person. I’m not sure if I’ve always been this way, or if it is something that developed as I got older, but these days I rarely believe that there is one 100% right or wrong answer for anything.
I would make a terrible Buddhist. I eat meat for a start, and the whole living in the moment thing… I suck at that! But the Buddhist concept of compassion always makes me stop and think…
To have compassion for all things is really hard.
It is easy to have compassion for someone who you mostly agree with, but to find understanding and love for those who’s actions you disagree with is difficult. No wonder it is ‘the path to enlightenment’!
While I’m no where near mastering ‘true compassion for all things’, the ideal does make me stop and think. I makes me set aside my initial judgements and try and look at things from another’s perspective. It encourages me to at least try to ‘assign positive intent’, even to behaviour that I strongly disagree with.
Often I don’t quite succeed. Often I find it next to impossible to find even a scrap of compassion. Often I get angry, or self righteous, or cranky, well before I even begin to think about compassion. But still, it does make me think. It makes me realise that the world is made up of so many nuances, so many experiences, so many things I will never know, so many shades of grey.
Are you a black and white kind of person?
Or do you see the world in a million shades of grey like me?