September 1 Daily Meditation Writing: Petty

You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is now available as a Kindle e-book, (you don’t need to have a Kindle to download and read it on your computer) as well as still being available direct from the publisher, on Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk and other Amazon European sites

Petty

There is an interesting difference between what we think is of importance for us, and what seems petty in others.

The concerns we hear others talking about often seem of little consequence – we may think “how can they spend so much time thinking about that”.

At the same time, we can spend our own resources on things which, whilst important to us, seem secondary to other people.

Why this disconnect?

Perhaps it is because we all create our own worlds inside our brains, and so we all have our own view of how the world works.

To me, it is important to do this writing: to express myself this way is one more tool I use to help me on the road to a better, more productive life.

But doing so could well seem a petty concern to a homeless family starving in an isolated part of the world – their greatest concern is merely to get somewhere to sleep and something to eat.

That may seem an extreme example, but it is reflective of all of us, and of how we see perceive what is important.

That is not to say that everything everyone concerns themselves with is truly important, but rather that we need to consider the perspective of the individual, before judging the importance or pettiness of something.

There are many people who spend a lot of time on collecting, or in following a sport, or other activities that most of us would consider a hobby.

From the perspective of a hobby, the amount of time and effort these people put into this relatively petty activity may seem ridiculous.

They may scour the country for the next object to add to their collection, filling every space in their home with these objects.

We, as outsiders, may feel this borders on obsession – indeed it can often cross over that imperceptible line and become an addiction.

But to the collector, everything else seems petty compared to the need to go on collecting.

In the ens, maybe everything is petty compared to the journey we are on through this life – that is the important task we are engaged in.

 

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