What Would It Take For Us To Look At The World Without Bitterness?

a warrior of light values a child’s eyes because they are able to look at the world without bitterness. When he wants to find out if the person beside him is worthy of his trust, he tries to see him as a child would.

I was reading in the Manual of the Warrior of The Light last night, and was struck by the quote mentioned above. As a matter of fact, I think I love most if not all of Paolo Coelho’s writings and books. I find his writing style very unique and simple. Yet, it always grabs my attention, and I end up reading most of the book in one go without realizing how fast time had passed.

Few are the things that can really manage to disconnect us from reality and freeze us into a dimension, where our conscious brains are completely fixated on the details unfolded before our eyes. It is when time flies by so quickly, yet as it is happening, we think it is taking a long while.  Feelings of amazement and awe captivate our attentions, and excitement fills our hearts.

Most of life’s events can capture our attention on daily basis, yet our sense of self-awareness may always be there. It helps us keep track of time, events’ progress and the to-do list that we have to fulfill. People come and go. New contacts are made. Weird and somewhat upsetting incidents occur, and all this happen while self-awareness is still activated.

Memories are made. Days are gone. Chores or tasks are done. This is how life seems to be moving on.

Mistakes happen. Feelings of guilt occur until the brain’s logic interferes trying to explain that we have yet more to learn and much to accept. Soon, the sun shines on a brand new day, and a fresh bouquet of experiences are introduced to our minds and hearts.

After many years, you hear people reflect on the past: “This professor wasn’t good to me”, “My friend stabbed me in the back” or “my mother/father ruined my life”. We may even recite the exact date it happened and for how long it has been going on. Our brains seem more eager to preserve even the tiniest of details when it belongs to a kind of hurt or pain. On the other hand, many great moments may have occurred since then, but our minds insist on neglecting them.This is how and why the effects of the bad experiences are prolonged in our hearts and souls.

What always catches my attention is how kids forgive and forget, and enjoy every minute that comes by. How wonderful would it be if we were capable of keeping such positive  habit. If every child hates the floor every time it stumbles upon it, then none of them would continue to walk. If every child hates his mother for giving him/ her a timeout, then no child would turn to his mommy later and play with her as if nothing had happened – and better even- resume their play time. Children’s memory improves as time goes by, but they just seem to choose to focus on happiness and what is good about life. This is why we admire them for being innocent. Seems like innocent is not being polluted with feelings of anger and the need for revenge. That is because children look at the past moments with no bitterness, as Coelho mentioned in his book. To kids, it is just part of life’s experiences.

Therefore, it is important for us to ask ourselves: What would it take for me to look at the world with a positive perspective (without bitterness)?

After all, we have been through a lot of experiences, but they are what make us different and unique, and better enable us to help others in similar conditions.

Think about it. Please feel free to share your views on this.

Cheers.

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