It is commonplace to see ourselves and others on a spectrum that goes from introvert to extravert or from optimist to pessimist – but what about the spectrum that goes from acceptance to subversion?
Would you say that you are naturally compliant or naturally suspicious and resistant? And have you changed over the years, moving one way or the other on this spectrum? Or more likely – that you have learnt something about who and what you can trust and who or what you cannot trust?
This leads onto the next question – which is what do you find you are willing to do about it? Will you take action in support of or against or will you distract and deflect. Or to put it another way – is your compliance or subversion internalized or externalized? Is it active or passive?
by Sophia Yasmeen
Words do not have to be scholarly to be meaningful and valuable. There are words that can touch, inspire and heal souls that are not necessarily so profound. My friends ask me sometimes why do I bring so much of my own life experiences into my writing. One of the hardest things in life is having words in one's heart that they cannot utter. As I am ageing I feel more comfortable with myself and love that I have learned to trust people. I believe that the soul of any writing is honesty....I have lived, loved and experienced every word that I have written. Only when there is
extraordinary sensitivity and intimacy between the writer and the paper, something so pure and beautiful can be born out of that divine union. Lao Tzu said "When pure sincerity forms within, it is outwardly realized in other people's hearts". I have no promise to see all the seasons of my life, it seems only yesterday that I was so young, and I am not afraid to share my own life journey with the rest of the world. It is very healing and very much has been part of the journey toward the person I want to become. It is not about how much money I made in life or my standing in the society, it is about how I learned to look at the bright side and smile in every situation and love life all over again. There is nothing that can be more magical and powerful than passing ones wisdom to another and make the journey worth it.
Sophia is a beautiful writer and I am happily
sharing her work in my Feelbetter Newsletter.
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