"Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it."
Ram Dass (via maksg)
Rumi, What Do I Want? (via in-a-wonderland-they-lie)
This year I’ve been starting to see my life in a different way and I am much more grateful now for my life than ever before.
On the outside, little has changed but on the inside, gratitude is changing everything.
Today I was in line for lunch and all I wanted was the shepherd’s pie. There was one piece left and two people in front of me. The first woman asked for the chicken - I silently cheered in my head. The next man asked what soup they had. They answer and he opts for the shepherd’s pie. “Ah! That’s what I wanted!” I exclaimed - because sometimes I cannot control my reactions - and I walk away. He says, “No, you can have it!” I was so touched! I said, “No, it’s totally fine but thank you.” He kept insisting. I offered to split it in half but he said I could have it and started ordering something else.
I was so HAPPY. This stranger made my day. I know it was such a small thing but I really wanted shepherd’s pie. Lol! Not sure if he thought I was crazy because I was so excited to have it. I couldn’t stop smiling.
I offered to buy him a coffee but he said it was fine. Maybe for him the shepherd’s pie was no big deal so it was easy to give it up. Or maybe he just thinks of others more than himself. In any case, I was very happy and I wanted to share this silly little story with all of you.
Tagged by diary-of-a-wandering-soul to list 10 books that have touched me and stayed with me in some way. Instructions also stated not to think too much about it by trying to choose the “right” books. Just go with the gut, I guess! Ok, here goes:
1. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
2. Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater
3. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
4. A Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
5. A Passage to India by E.M. Forester
6. The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Stephen Mitchell
7. I Need Your Love, Is It True? by Byron Katie
8. A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
9. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
10. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
That was quite the challenge. The books actually would have been different if I was thinking of books I loved rather than books that have stayed with me. Funny how that works out.
Ok, tagging one-paperdoll, goodandtasty, itakethesepills, timfalconer, willrival, wrightword, virginialynn, tricycle-tumbles, cookiefridayco to list 10 books that have touched them and stayed with them in some way.
(Update: Ok, the Marianne Williamson one is a cheat because I listened to the weekend workshop on A Return to Love and not the book itself but I’m considering it a book anyway. If you really want a legit book then sub in Codependent No More by Melody Beattie.)