Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I could have killed someone
The morning was not off to a good start. I awoke almost an hour late. No time for my morning routine and I broke a rule of mine - I started my morning off at the computer. I checked facebook - no news there. I checked my reading list and then the mornings first real blunder - I made an ugly, snarky remark on a friend's blog.
The morning only got worse. I drug myself upstairs to shower and then I did it - I stepped into the shower with my reading glasses on! No big deal you say? I could have killed someone.
There is a story where the Buddha is talking to a man and while talking to him the man is twitching his leg.
Buddha -" Why are you doing that?"
"What?" asked the other man.
Buddha -"Twitching your leg while I am talking"
Man -"Oh, I wasn't even aware of it".
Buddha -"If you twitch your leg and have no knowledge of it then you can just as easily commit murder with no knowledge of it."
Mindfulness is required in all areas of our lives, at all times. You see if we lose control of our actions we are capable of any dastardly deed. Not paying attention to our words, how we treat others, or ...... can all be as equally dangerous as Russian roulette. If we are unduly harsh on a colleague it could be the straw that breaks the camel's back. If we are stressed after our work days and do not give our children the attention that they deserve then the results can be regrettable. Running a stop light because you didn't see the light change can kill someone.
We are responsible for our actions whether we are fully aware or not. Just because a drunk driver doesn't have an accident doesn't mean he isn't guilty of a crime. Please try to give the present moment the attention that it deserves. You may save a life.
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