Why Can’t We?

I sat and listened to my children re-negotiate their relationship last night.  They seem awfully wise to be so young. They both are growing up, in different ways and on different paths but I can see who they will become and it’s a sweet thing.

I was reminded of this mixed media piece, I doodled out one night several years ago.   Wouldn’t it be so much easier if we could all just sit down and figure out how to be friends?  I think it would.  Some Zen master said that basically….”your greatest enemy is yourself”.  In other words, you don’t have any enemy except your ego. So if I understand correctly, we have to make friends with ourselves.  Understand when our ego is leading and when that bigger part of ourselves is in charge.  Friendship begins at home…with yourself.

And if you’re anything like me you say to your self….”Self, I don’t want to do that, how boring, I want to paint a new picture,or read a new book….ugh anything but self-analysis”, or “hey self…I already know all I need to know about what’s going on with you.  It’s those other people who need to do this work.  I’m on the path and I know I’ve done my work”!!   Don’t listen…it’s your ego.  Run away fast from that kind of thinking.  No kidding.  Run.!

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