Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, posted this brief essay on her Facebook page today. It is an excellent reminder that every individual is complex and multifaceted. Just as you would not like others to reduce the fullness of who you are to one or two characteristics, it is vital to honor others for the fullness of their humanity.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY: MAKE ROOM
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Good morning, dear ones.
I went to bed last night—after a long visit with extended family this week—pondering this thought: The happiest people I have ever met seem to be the ones who are capable of holding two (or more) completely contradictory ideas in their heads at the same time.
They are able to look at a loved one and see how he is both marvelous and impossible (neither one nor the other, but absolutely both).
They are able to see their neighbors and friends as both generous and selfish, in equal measure.
They are able to look at a difficult situation and see that it is both painful and transformative, both a disaster and a terrific chance for a breakthrough.
They are able to regard their own lives as both noble and ridiculous.
They are able to see the world as both astonishingly benevolent and incredibly unjust.
The happiest people I know do not cling to one side of any duality, or draw firm lines in the sand.
They don’t render (more…)