Below is a short poem I thought of while thinking of the appearance of my looks and my intelligence. It’s not a doubt we get attracted to how someone looks and how they appear to be: their characters and the way they present themselves. Sometimes when we wear our rosy glasses, we can only see what appears to be on the surface, and some connection needs time to be unraveled so that we can find the truth behind the masks people are wearing. Whether we look into the mirror and see ourselves as the prettiest or we think we are so intelligent, we must not forget to stay humble and graceful.
We mirrored each other when we interact with one another, but the actual mirror we need to look at is within our own eyes because the eyes are the window to the soul. Whether we like it or not, we can only meet the other as deep as we have met ourselves. We can’t hide who we are behind our looks and knowledge, because the soul speaks through the eyes. The connection between two souls has a meaning, and why some of us crossed each other path is for a purpose, whether we learn something or get something from the other is a blessing.
If people wearing a mask to hide, then let them, because if you have a keen awareness and a humble heart you don’t need to expose or force them to take it off. We all wear our masks in different situations and with different people, but what matters the most is that we know who we are and what we want from life, and most of all we must remember to always be truthful with ourselves.
Humble doesn’t mean that you need to humiliate yourself before someone who is boastful and think they know it all, for me, I reserve only my humbleness for those I know how to respect my feelings. And I live with a set of rules;
- “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
- “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.”
- “Treat your neighbor as yourself.”
Note: I am not religious at all, but I thought of these quotes, and I felt like I do apply them in my daily life. I never judge anyone base on something I heard from others or even if I know what they did in their past I still want to understand why they choose what they did. It’s so easy to pass judgment when someone has done or say something that doesn’t resonate with us or what we dim as inappropriate. Sometimes it’s good to stop finding faults in others and look at ourselves. Can we really say we are 100% perfect?
I have to say, my past has never been perfect, and I have gone through so many dark alleys that I rather choose to be busy with perfecting myself than sitting around judging others. I will not likely be perfect, ever, but I thought I could at least love myself with all my imperfection and do the little of what I know would help others to feel welcome and accepted for who they are.
And now I remember a prayer of Frans Assisi that I love so much which I found on wikipedia;
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.”
And lastly, my own simple prayer.
“Oh Lord, let me not be boastful or vain for what you have granted me; my appearance and my knowledge, let me be wise and perfectly humble in your presence, for who I am is granted by you. Amen”
And now the little “poem” I mentioned.
Who cares if you are pretty and all
All that matters is the glowing of your soul
Who cares if you are intelligent and knowledgeable
What matters is your compassion and your heart of gold.
Let your soul shine through and give way to your heart’s truth.