“I understand that others carry burdens I do not see – including burdens I have placed on them by my own self-betrayals… Seeing now with compassion, my view of others changes whether they change or not.” Arbinger Institute, The Choice
Yesterday, I went to one of our local Gratitude Graffiti Project participating businesses, Strawberry Fields, to take a picture of their window of gratitude. I was happily met with a window that was so saturated with gratitude you could barely see through it.
So, after one last expression of gratitude on the crowded window, Ben, the nice young man working at the store, helped me to clean and clear the windows so we could allow for more participants to express their gratitude.
And it got me thinking about my own mind and how sometimes I too have to clear my mind, just like we did the window, to be able to create anew.
When my mind is crowded with my to do list, my thoughts and my irritations, I can’t think clearly. I can only see the world through the jumbled, hurried and packed mind. All this without even realizing it.
We can apply the Windex to our mind. We can sit for a moment, perhaps close our eyes and take in what is there first. We can notice and observe like we would a window full of graffiti. Then, we can gently clear it away. We can make room to create. Just as the young ladies at Strawberry Fields did yesterday, today, we can create a mind of gratitude, love and compassion. By so doing, moment by moment, our view of the world changes.