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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday's Thought


Grow Trees, originally uploaded by Thiru Murugan.

"When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well.
It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family,
we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce.
Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience.
No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love,
and the situation will change."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

3 comments:

Heather said...

I very much appreciate this post and these thoughts. You've given me a lot to chew on...sleep may not come easily tonite ;)
Thanks for the reminder to love.

Andrew Thornton said...

Very wise words. Definitely something to remember in the heat of the moment.

Barbara Bechtel said...

Thank you! Thich Nhat Hanh is one of my favorites.