“If small things have the power to disturb you, then who you think you are is exactly that: small.” – Eckhart Tolle
Try as we may, we sweat the small stuff. Those people that cause the most consternation only have an impact because we give them permission, even though we know better. We often become that which we try to avoid. Instead of getting the last word in or a flip remark, choose your words and silence carefully. Often silence is the better option.
Each day, we must choose between our authentic self or our conforming self. And if we have a nagging feeling inside, we’ve chosen to conform. Instead of grand gestures, we can simply offer the subtleness of a gentle tone, the gift of civility and eye contact with a smile that says, “I’m listening.”
Cast light and worry not of the darkness around you. It’s longing for light too.
This is beautiful. Thank you!
And I love this line — Each day, we must choose between our authentic self or our conforming self. — so true! May we all choose authenticity even when conformity lures us away from the light.
Thank you and when we know we get to choose, we choose better.
Thanks for this post. I agree that if we do not choose authenticity we get this nagging feeling inside.
It’s good to know so we can learn and make different decisions.
This is a wonderful post and such an important reminder! We need to discern what the best response is before opening our mouths and yes eye contact that says “I am listening” can dissipate tension and bring in the light!
Thanks for sharing