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Pondering this quote by journalist/writer Pico Iyer:
” . . . we sometimes lose contact with ourselves, especially our deeper selves. And then we’re tempted more to define ourselves in terms of what doesn’t matter and what is not going to last very long, whether it’s our looks, our finances, or our resume. And I don’t think anyone gets the richer if he or she defines herself in those terms. So I think to be human is to try to find the best part of yourself that is, in fact, beyond yourself, much wiser than you are, and have that to share with everyone you care for.”
I’m trying, Mr. Iyer, but it is damn hard to shift focus when you have to live in the real world where others seem to judge us in terms of those things that don’t matter and aren’t going to last very long: our looks, our finances, and our resume.
Best any of us can do is to look for and share the other parts, the better parts, of ourselves with one another.
I try to do this every day, both on the blog and in my life.
Some days, I’m not so successful.
But (and this is what sustains me) . . . some days, I am.
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