#881 Prescribing Medicine for Your Neighbor

← Is Crazy. YOU Need It!

In our last +1, Jesus joined the party and helped us take the BEAM out of our own eye rather than point out the sawdust in everyone else’s eyes.

Let’s talk about that some more.

Anthony de Mello comes to mind.

He was an Indian Jesuit priest and psychotherapist. Incredibly inspiring guy.

Here’s how he put the same wisdom in his great book Awareness.

Imagine a patient who goes to a doctor and tells him what he is suffering from. The doctor says, ‘Very well, I’ve understood your symptoms. Do you know what I will do? I will prescribe a medicine for your neighbor!’ The patient replies, ‘Thank you very much, Doctor, that makes me feel much better.’ Isn’t that absurd? But that’s what we all do. The person who is asleep always thinks he’ll feel better if somebody else changes. You’re suffering because you are asleep, but you’re thinking, ‘How wonderful life would be if somebody else would change. How wonderful life would be if my neighbor changed, my wife changed, my boss changed.’



That’s about right.

Imagine going to a doctor and telling her about all your suffering. Then she prescribes medicine for your NEIGHBOR (or wife/kids/colleagues/etc.).

Crazy, eh?



That’s Today’s +1.

Look in the mirror. Remember that the problem isn’t out THERE with the world. It’s with YOU. 😘

What tiny little +1 Heroic prescription can you write for yourself Today?

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