‘Notice how difficult it is merely to think in peace about any individual who comes to mind.
When I read this line by Hugh Prather, it suddenly struck home. I must have read this line or something with the same meaning many times before, but this time I was ready for it. And I thought, how much truth is there in this line.
When I think of so many people who I would classify as ‘close’ in my life, the first thoughts seem to be negative. The ‘bad’ things they do or they have done spring up in my mind. Yet, I am fond of each one of them. Then, why does the bad that they do live on in my mind?
Once, I realised that, I have become much more conscious about my thoughts. I am able to watch my mind much more and catch it when it does think negatively about someone. And replace it with a thought about some positive trait in this person. It does make me feel much lighter and I’m getting better at thinking positively about people.
And the fact that Hugh Prather ( who wrote Notes to Myself) has brought this up several times in his Morning Notes means that it is a very common human failing and feeling. Which is comforting.
I have to face and realise the negative parts of my mind , he says and so do I . And there is always room to change attitudes.