“Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.” -Maya Angelou
Are you one of those persons who analyzes the quotes and poems you read? Because if you are, you are like me. Isn`t it a wonderful thing when you really understand the deep meaning of the words someone has written? In that moment you really resonate with the writer and understand that we are all feeling these same feelings here no matter who we are and where we live.
But there are also those quotes which are only pretty words and nothing more. Quotes like “darling, you`re a goddess, a badass & you`ve totally got this” or ” I can and I will, watch me” – wich I read last week. These kind of quotes are not for me or impress me much. They represent the cold business world where money is more important than love, compassion and true connection with people. Those quotes are saying that when you make money and get everything you want you are successful.
I believe that we can create a dazzling life by knowing our self-worth and yes we need to take action and sometimes really challenge ourselves when we pursue our dreams. I also believe that how we act, think and feel in daily basis, is how we create our future and the life we desire, but the secret still lies in a truth that life is not that simple that you can just go kick assess and have it all.
When you love yourself, accept yourself you have more than you could ask and the rest is a bonus and like a fun play. In that process you also accept that things don`t always work the way you planned and sometimes you don`t get exactly what you wanted and that life is not always fair. You also know that beneath all that hustle around what we want – if we don`t get it – it`s still going to be just fine.
Maya Angelou is talking about compassion in the quote abve. I believe compassion is something we all can and should practice. You can practice it simply slowing down to listen others and taking a little time to think before you speak. Compassion is when you understand someone and you don’t need to give advice or your own opinion about the story – you only show that you understand and you show that you know those feelings too without fear to open up yourself. That’s when the beatiful and true connection with someone can arise.
Take care, Hannele