Nothing transforms us more over time than the ways in which we reconcile ourselves to the mysteries of our lives. How we respond or how we react to the assaults or, to the warmth and tenderness of others and their intentions toward us make an enormous difference in ourselves as human beings in the long-term.
Until recently, I did not realize how much of my environment and the people in it impact me. Their opinions and thoughts and their interpretations of life touch my consciousness from my interactions with them. My whole life has been a rich dynasty of the stories and the insights shared with me by others. It has been up to me to interpret their meaning in a way that enriches my life and understanding of the world as I know it. The culture or, more accurately, the cultures, I have been a part of have left their imprint on me as well. In recognizing this, I too, have to allow for the changes I experience in those who I have shared my life with as I notice they too are affected.
It is difficult to determine just how much our paradigms have shifted over the years and what exactly has led to the differences in our thinking from times past. A photo album can capture the physical changes in our appearance and journaling helps to show how our perceptions evolve but to actually see the progression of our maturity seems to be impossible to track.
Some of us value self-improvement and work hard at what we believe to be what will make us a better person and more useful to society. Of course, there are always reasons why we want to give generously to causes or crusades of which, sometimes we are simply not aware.
If we put our time and our attention into our personal development we do get a great return. Light eventually begins to dominate the darkness if one keeps moving forward through the tunnel of life looking forward and with a certain focus. I am among a group of thinkers that enjoy the process of questioning why I am the way I am, rather than burying my head in the sand and just accepting my negative attributes, I, like so many others, am curious as to the roots of my behaviors as much as I am interested in changing them.
A bit of ourselves is lost when we change. We are not the same person we were yesterday and, we will not be the same tomorrow. We keep evolving and hopefully, growing, until we reach a certain maturity at which time we can begin to share what we have learned with others. Our legacy is a tapestry of all we have worked to become and to make of ourselves. It is not in another person whom we think we have influenced for who’s to say if that is really the case. It is only in the milestones we have accomplished internally over the course of our lives – through our struggles and by fighting our battles for the things that have personal significance to us that we can truly judge the extent of our transformations.
How Do We Realize, Transform and Accomplish Ourselves –
The Plastic Mind: New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves –
Stars of Wisdom – Excerpt from book “Transform the Present, Brighten the Future, Light up the Universe” by Khenpo, Tsultrim, Gyamtso (Buddhist Master – recognized for his intellect and knowledge)