“Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them
master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.
—Helen Keller (1880-1968)
That Helen rocked—Helen Keller would be my fantasy lunch date, or dinner party, as some people play it. Not only do we have trouble acknowledging deficiencies in ourselves, we have no capacity to allow them in other people. This causes people to pretend, hide, manipulate, cover-up, distract…so much energy spent and misused! We are so afraid of not being perfect, we miss all the complimentary gifts others bring to us and the complimentary gifts we bring to others.
I especially see this in our elderly. As we age things happen—eyesight gets weak, hearing may decline, walking a bit slower, bladder–well I’m not sure what exactly happens to the bladder—….all cause us to experience our world as we walk through it differently than we had before. We learn to be patient and see the sweetness in others who extend kindness to each other. We learn insight and recognize wisdom. We learn to slow down and make allowance for others……or do we? Are we so wrapped up in our turbo pace, greed and egos, we miss all that surrounds us? We all will be there one day—perhaps a good time to start to acknowledge, slow down and learn….is now.