I’d like to share an “AHA!” moment I had last night… On January 3rd, we began to practice the “Franklin Makeover” (based on Benjamin Franklin’s ‘List of Virtues’), and our Mastermind Alliance focused on the virtue of Kindness between the 10th and 17th. One point of the exercise was to take more notice of all the ‘positive virtues’ that are in action around us every day, but they were also meant to reinforce the idea that we only see the virtues we already have residing inside us.
One of the more interesting points of this exercise (to me) is how I felt it was simply reaffirming something I already knew, and I was basically ‘taking for granted’ it was true. Well, it all became very real to me last night!
Between 11pm and midnight, as I was reviewing some of the comments that had been made to me yesterday – which led to further reflection on comments I’ve heard throughout my life – I literally verbalized to myself “I just don’t see it.” AHA!!!… I don’t “see it,” because it is not already in me!
It took seeing things from the point of view of something I could NOT understand or relate to, before this lesson truly became real to me. And, it’s not as though the thought hadn’t crossed my mind as to wonder why I could not relate to the way certain people saw or interpreted life (i.e. their reality) but this really cemented the idea in my heart and mind.
(BTW; In the background, I’m hearing Amanda Gorman’s poem, as she reads it during yesterday’s inauguration. The heart and words of this amazing young woman nearly bring me to tears, and I love living in a world where people like her exist.)