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Grateful Hearts ... Day 10

"Truth is not what it seems, but what it is." - Frank Sonnenberg
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Welcome to Day 10!

Today our prompt is... Sight.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see. - John Newton, 1725-1807

Seeing reality for what it is, instead of what we wish it would be, is a skill and a virtue. It can be learned.

It should be learned.

In Buddhism this is often called Right View.

Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh wrote:

"Our happiness and the happiness of those around us depend on our degree of Right View. Touching reality deeply -- knowing what is going on inside and outside of ourselves -- is the way to liberate ourselves from the suffering that is caused by wrong perceptions. Right View is not an ideology, a system, or even a path. It is the insight we have into the reality of life, a living insight that fills us with understanding, peace, and love."

Think back to times when you have been brave enough, and wise enough to see reality for what it was - even when this understanding caused you great disappointment or pain.

Gloria Steinem once said that:

The Truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off!

Being blind to situations that aren't healthy or edifying for us and then coming to see that we must make changes we do not, perhaps, actually want to make can really piss a person off!

But, after the anger has faded enough for reason and self-compassion to be considered, it is time to discern your next step in caring for yourself. 

And how does one discern?...

By seeing reality for what it is, and trusting what we see over what we wishing for what isn't there.

Here is our Day 10 prompt:

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Katherine Grace is an essayist, poet, and self-help writer. If you’d like to support her work, you can visit her Buy Me a Coffee or Patreon page. To stay connected, you can subscribe to Grace Notes.