I am telling this story, because we are confronted every day with the question of how we are handling the things that we think, read, see.
1. Is it true?
2. If I pass it on, does this action originate from my heart – or do I have another motive?
3. Does it help the person with whom I am talking?
These days, we are all flooded with all kind of fake news, right now of course specifically concerning the vaccination against the corona virus. If each one of us would spend some time with the question, whether what we intend to forward to somebody else is true, we could all save loads of time and emotions.
Very often, we are unable to decide whether something is true. It may coincide with my opinion, but I still might feel that it may not be correct, not honest. Should I forward it anyway?
Well, what would be the answer to question no. 2? What is it about deep down? Do I want to contribute to reduce fear – or am I adding to the feelings of fear, helplessness and being at the mercy of the situation? Or do I just want to feel part of a community of equal-minded people? We love those people who share our prejudices.
The question ”Is it helpful for the person to whom I am talking?“ is often the most difficult one to answer. Let me refer to my blog on the subject “The will cannot go beyond what the space is prepared to carry.”.
Of course it is difficult to be certain. Still, each and everyone of us can contribute to peace and healing in these chaotic times by asking us again and again, if what we are sharing is
from the heart
The saying “Speech is silver, silence is golden.“ is not from Socrates, but it is also quite fitting.