Only By Loving
If you had a sad childhood, so what?
You can dance with only one leg
and see the snowflake falling
with only one eye.
I learn this type of acceptance from dogs. They continue chasing the ball on three legs when once they had four. They seem to say, “Okay, now I am a three-legged dog. Let’s play.”
I was wounded in childhood, and now I am old. Opportunities that good self-esteem would have availed me were lost. Okay, now I an old dog without a partner, without my own home, but with right view I can find real happiness.
…our perceptions are made of our afflictions: craving, anger, ignorance, wrong views and prejudice. Whether we are happy or we suffer depends largely on our perceptions…We have an idea of happiness. We believe that only certain conditions will make us happy. But it is often our very idea of happiness that prevents us from being happy…Our happiness and the happiness of those around us depends on our degree of Right View. ~~~Thich Nhat Hanh