“You are what you do, not what you say you will do” - Carl Jung
“We are what we do, especially what we do to change what we are.” - Eduardo Galeano
From a very young age I like to leave my first steps in the deep snow. Strangely this memory comes handy in a midsummer night.
I was small girl when one day my grandfather took me out for a walk in the winter. He walked in front of me, I followed him. To make it easier in the snow, I stepped into the traces he left behind. We came across traces left by other people. Grandpa turned to me and said that it was better not to step on the ones that were left a few hours ago, because they were probably icy and there was a danger of slipping.
This sentence that I remember very clearly to this day and which is fully valid both literally and figuratively.
It is good to choose our paths. It is essential to choose and walk our paths.
Blind following usually leads to slippage.
The easy paths lead us to mediocre results. Effort and perseverance are what leads us forward.
How many times are we inclined to follow paths already walked by others because in our perception if we do this, we will reach our final destination quicker and less painfully; with one remark – the path was walked by people from a different background and different intellectual, religious, ethnic, cultural or another mindset. We- humans – we are all here on Earth to learn from each other and of each other. And expand our life experiences to reach a place of joy and happiness not only for us but for the Life itself. This includes making our own traces in favor of the others. This includes the responsibility of making our own unique steps and leave a helpful trace to those who need it now and tomorrow. To BE able to leave a trace we simply have To DO
And what exactly to do? We make a decision on this when we understand better our feelings and our thoughts.
Here one old bedtime story I learned from Grandpa. Not on that day we walked in the snow but a little bit later.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK
- Who am I? asked the young girl.
"You are what you think," said the old man.
"I'll tell you a story:"
One evening, in the dim light of the street, the silhouettes of two people embracing could be seen.
"These are mother and father," the child thought.
"These are two lovers" - thinks a girl who dreams of love.
"These are friends who haven't met in a long time," says the man, who feels lonely.
"These are two merchants that made a good deal "- thinks the greedy for money.
"A parent hugs their child who has returned home after a long journey" -the mother thinks.
"These are two who are fighting to the death," the killer thought.
"Who knows why they hug?" the insensitive man thinks.
"Everyone thinks something," the old man finished, "depending on who he is, what he carries and where his path is leading him."
Penetrate your thoughts and you will be able to see more about yourself than anyone else could.
Understanding of self leads to understanding of others. Choose what you want to do now.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Self-Awareness is the key to self-mastery