Someone shared this story this morning and it made me think of Ahisma and Satya.
A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside. “That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.” Her husband looks on, remaining silent. Every time her neighbor hangs her wash to dry, the young woman makes the same comments. A month later, the woman is surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and says to her husband: “Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this? ” The husband replies, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.” And so it is with life… What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look….
We can be quick to judge others when we are uncomfortable in our own skin. It’s said that we see our own flaws in others. Fortunately, every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings be happy and free (This includes you)