A little exercise for your self-exploration in conjunction with the ‘what about you’ affirmation challenge.
I have no patience
for those who spend
a better part of their time
judging and labelling others.
You’ve never worn
the other man’s shoes,
how exactly do you know
how undersized and pinching they are?
Quit being obtuse
You don’t smell like roses yourself.
If we look hard enough, I bet
there’s are loads of manure in your garden.
Tend to your own garden
called your life.
Concentrate on being the best you
that you can be.
Concentrate on being a supportive anchor
for someone who might be adrift,
but leave your judgment at the doorstep
otherwise, you’ll wear out your welcome.
Remember that not all who wander
have truly lost their path,
they are simply in search of a beacon
to help them find their way back.
Row, row, row your boat
gently down the stream,
merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
life is but a dream.
Humming this childhood nursery rhymes made me think beyond the words of the rhyme in a way that I had never thought of.
Life is certainly a dream and your dream is what you make of it.
When you wake up to life, life will surely wake up to you.
Staring at that boat – called life, with your hands in your pocket won’t get it across the seashore; you’ve got to start to row the boat of your life diligently.
Grab your oars.
Glass houses shatter and everyone inside gets cut with the jagged shards.
Today’s prompt ‘glass,’ for SoCS made me think of the saying about people who live in glass houses, yet they are busy casting aspersions and throwing stones at those who live in brick houses or even no houses at all.
It made me think of my so-called classy, fine folks. Evangelicals who look into their looking glasses like the wicked stepmother and adjudge themselves as the very best of humankind, meanwhile the milk of compassion and empathy runs dry in their veins.
They hide their hypocrisy, prejudice and multitude of sins under falsehood, spouting off biblical quotes twisted to suit their purpose and case in time.
They spend valuable time picking specks from their neighbours’ eye’s yet huge logs of sin occupies their souls and front yard.
These modern days Evangelicals remind me of the Pharisees – the ruling class – who crucified Jesus. They hated Jesus not because He called them names, or called out their hypocrisy, but because He threatened their security, their prestige and their income. He was going to ruin everything they had worked so hard for and would get everybody killed.
Doesn’t it sound a bit familiar? Today, we have brokered uneven peace around the World. I wonder how long our glass houses can hold up?
I am a Christain and my believe is that the practice of my faith is not a Religion. It’s in the way that I would treat my fellow man.
I want to be able to look into my looking glass and see beyond the mirrored image before my eyes’. I want to see a clear image of who I am, when no one is watching, inside my closet.
The true reflection of a man is not that image that’s mirrored before his own eye’s, but the reflection of his soul. This is the reflection that I want to see through the glass.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha
The mirror does have a way of distorting images, so it’s important to make peace with it especially when you are looking at yourself. Remember that the mirror of your mind is by far more important than that of others because their views might be distorted due to the specks in their eyes 😉