It is DIFFICULT being thought to be DIFFERENT or to be seen as DIFFERENT. You may pay a price for BEING DIFFERENT, but it is important to not fear to be DIFFERENT. At home, school and at work most people may give you a wide circle. It is not that you are truly DIFFERENT, it is how you see things that are DIFFERENT. Your perspective can be DIFFERENT than most people.
Like having a DINOSAUR as a pet. People will tell you to give the DINOSAUR up because they do not exist anymore. But he does exist for you. So you then become judged on what you imagine. Not on how well you play, or how well you do at work or how well you solve problems, but on how you see things DIFFERENTLY.
Debussy said music is the SPACE between the notes. Cezanne said SPACE in a painting makes the observer’s imagination work. Lao Tzu said that empty SPACE gives usefulness. So do not be upset if anyone accuses you of having too much SPACE between your ears.
When you see someone DIFFERENT embrace their freedom, embrace their DIFFERENCE. If you have the inclination to be DIFFERENT, then follow your heart. If you are not hurting anyone or curtailing anyone’s liberty, then dare to be! Do not listen to that silent little voice of judgment in your head.
Fly off to a DIFFERENT level. But—there is always a but in life—be prepared for people talking and laughing behind your back. YOU HAVE TO BE STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS.
BECAUSE IT IS DIFFICULT BEING THOUGHT TO BE DIFFERENT. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO BE DIFFERENT. THAT CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!
Categories: PERSPECTIVES Philosophical Perspective
Ron Winnegrad has been a Perfumer and teacher for 46 years. As a perfumer, Ron has been able to express the world he sees through a rainbow of olfactive and emotive visions. As a teacher, Ron has helped others to see fragrance through his own multi sensorial lens.
From the perspective of wisdom and well-being, the concept of difference can be both beautiful and unfortunate. By celebrating our differences, we celebrate our different “colors and flavors” that make us special, and life filled with diversity. Differences also represent our EGOS at work, and the fear and insecurities that come into play which keep us from peace and love.
From a Buddhist perspective, John Snelling was a British Buddhist scholar and writer, writes:
…Central to the Buddha’s teaching is the doctrine of anatman: “not-self”.” This does not deny that the notion of an “I” works in the everyday world. In fact, we need a solid stable ego to function in society. However, “I” is not real in an ultimate sense. It is a “name”: a fictional construct that bears no correspondence to what is really the case. Because of this disjunction all kinds of problems ensue. Once our minds have constructed the notion of “I,” it becomes our central reference point. We attach to it and identify with it totally. We attempt to advance what appears to be its interests, to defend it against real or apparent threats and menaces. And we look for ego-affirmation at every turn: confirmation that we exist and are valued. The Gordian Knot of preoccupations arising from all this absorbs us exclusively, at times to the point of obsession. This is , however, a narrow and constricted way of being. Though we cannot see it when caught in the convolutions of ego, there is something in us that is larger and deeper: a wholly other way of being.
I feel, that when I celebrate you, and by definition myself, in the same breath, my highest level of honoring you, is to see the light that we share ~ thus the meaning of Namaste.
Well Amen to that! Lovely. 💜