And that has caused me a ton of frustration. This quote from Gary Vaynerchuk is stuck in my head,
“The reason you are so frustrated is because you are living in the way you want the world to be rather than how it really is.”
All I could think about was how things should be
How I thought my work should be
How I thought my relationships should be
How I thought the church should be
and every time I thought about it, I got angry and stayed angry. This kind of wishful, wanting thinking was ruining my day and my life.
I had to face it, life was not as I wanted it. People were not as I wanted them to be. It’s hard to love people as they could be because of the glaring shortcomings all of us have. It’s much easier to love people as they are and journey with them.
Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality. – Nikos Kazantzakis
I cannot change my reality, at least not all once, but I can change how I see reality. I need new eyes, and that is my prayer. Brandon Heath, in His song Give Me Your Eyes sings,
Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see,
Everything that I keep missing,
Give your love for humanity.
Give me your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach.
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten.
Give me Your eyes so I can see.
I want a new reality, but I need new eyes, first, to see the reality I am in.
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