August 24th, 2009

I aim to misbehave

No forgiveness necessary

"Pay no attention to the faults of others, things done or left undone by others. Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone."
-Buddhist Quote

I took this quote with me to work to keep me from getting annoyed. I don't have a life outside work and the goings-on there can weigh on me more than they should. It actually helped. I thought 'forgiveness' when I read it. But I don't see it that way now. In fact, it's almost the opposite. It's about not needing forgiveness. It's about building yourself.

I don't think, when you're trying to live by your own ethics and making an effort to be upfront and honest, that there is anything that =needs= to be forgiven. The more I read it, the less I see a disconnect with western and eastern philosophy. In fact, in my measly heart and mind, I find a strong correlation with this quote and the ideas in Voltaire's "Candide", i.e.: tend your own garden and respect the gardens of others.

I could be wrong, of course. But that's what I see. Or it could be that I'm tired of hearing the words "I'm sorry" come out of my own mouth for things I don't feel I need to apologize for.

With that, I'm back. I'm making an effort to organize time. I'm making an effort to lose things that have proven to be of no use anymore. I'm looking to update and catch up with y'all at least each Monday. Wish me luck.