Reflections

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  1. Lisa Alvarado

    By giving them space, helping when asked, and allowing them the dignity of their own decisions.

    2 years ago
  2. Stefy

    Puedo honrar los caminos de los demás, agradeciendo su servicio, trabajando en el no juicio y si en la compasión.

    2 years ago
    1. Michele

      translation: I can honor the paths of others, thanking them for their service, working on non-judgment and yes on compassion.

      2 years ago
      1. Barb C

        Gracias!

        2 years ago
  3. Elaine

    A “path” suggests an intentional choice and mindful way of living that is congruent with the choice. I have great respect for anyone who lives with intentionality.

    2 years ago
  4. RJergens

    I will continue to the excellent work of others. I will strive to improve on that work, if need be. I will be progressive in my thinking and move things forward for the good of all concerned. I will remain open and curious.

    2 years ago
  5. shaketa

    I honor others by listening, with love an compassion.

    2 years ago
  6. Hermann-Josef

    the more I know , experience and stick thankfully to my own way the more I have the capacity to understand the way of others. the more I understand that it is a grace to be on the way the more it makes me happy to see others being on their way. I can honor only what I know, understand and appreciate.

    2 years ago
  7. Carol

    Toltec wisdom comes to mind: Be impeccable with your word; do not take things personally; don’t assume anything and always do your best. When I I make this my path, I find myself more tolerant of the other’s path. It demands that I own my thoughts, my feelings and my actions. I also have found that it’s okay to agree to disagree! Many dear friends and I have done that often.

    2 years ago
  8. pkr

    I can honor the path of others by remembering we are all on our own journeys. It is not my place to judge. I can accept, offer support when asked & be there. Respect & accept. It is their journey, not mine. I have enuf on my own plate with all my own “ stuff”!!!! Blessings to All.🙏🏻❤️

    2 years ago
  9. Mica

    That depends on the other and their paths, which are often quite different.

    2 years ago
  10. orozcoj13

    When asked how I can honor the paths of others, I must remember the power of narratives. The storytelling of our own experiences. This profound way of reliving our lives in just a way that others are deeply engaged in listening, and we are deeply involved in self-expression. To answer the question of how I can honor the paths of others, I can listen to others share their stories and connect and engage with them about their stories. So, today my goal is to find someone I’ve never met before and listen to their stories.
    Jose Orozco, LMT

    2 years ago
    1. Rabbit

      Great and kind sentiment. Thank you.

      2 years ago
  11. GR8FULL

    The first thing that comes to mind is by not trying to change or influence their paths. When my observing self shows up, I am able to humbly witness, accept, respect and support their path, despite how different the other parts of me would’ve designed it for them. That said, my observing self can be very lazy and tired and not show his face as much as I’d like it to but….I must also honor my own path. Have a great day everyone.

    2 years ago
  12. Barb C

    By listening to understand even when I don’t agree.

    2 years ago
  13. Y
    Yram

    Each person and their path is a gift to me. I honor it by listening and holding it in love and respect. We are more alike than we are different.

    2 years ago
  14. R
    Rae2Three

    Thank you for this question. I can honor the paths of others by observing and learning from them. I can also honor the paths of others by providing support where needed. Lastly, this brings me to the thought of honoring the paths of others that have transitioned into the spiritual realm. I can honor them by doing activities they once loved, making meals they once liked, or starting a foundation in their name.

    2 years ago
  15. Rabbit

    I try to think that they are much more than what we see and might be inclined to judge. They have had different experiences and come to different conclusions.

    2 years ago
  16. Laura

    I learn a great deal from watching how others live their lives, especially how they handle difficulties. I can honor those paths by adopting and carrying forward the positive aspects of someone else’s choices.

    2 years ago
  17. Holly in Ohio

    This is an interesting question and I needed to sit with it a bit before an answer came to me. This week, with the heat wave affecting 70% of our country’s population, with fires in Texas, Greece, and France, climate change has been very much on my mind. But not everyone believes it is happening, or believes we should do anything about it. So to answer the question,
    Patience and Respect
    are what come to mind.
    It is sometimes difficult, when mocked, to be patient and respectful, to be gentle in response, to listen with openess to new ideas and concerns.
    Somehow we must try to bridge the divides between us, and I do not know how we can do this if we don’t honor the paths of others.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Dear Holly, I heard recently about adapting to climate change, which many favor. A fellow mentor taught a class in which he divided his students into 2 teams to research and debate mitigation vs adaptation to climate change. A sea level map of my community shows my condo building still on dry land but the one on the other side of the complex, a block away and closer to the SF bay, is surrounded by water. 😐

      2 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        Thank you. It is nice to know this is being discussed in a constructive way. 🙂

        2 years ago
        1. Mica

          Yes – I’m delighted by the concept. The fellow mentor said that those in the middle of the US are particularly unconcerned about climate change, because it’s just giving some nuisance heat. And more than half of us are for adaptation instead of mitigation, according to his students’ investigations.

          2 years ago
    2. Barb C

      I have the same challenge with this question when I think about those who seem to be accelerating us all on a path to destruction. Thank you for these watchwords.

      2 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        They are in a different place. Meanwhile, we will do all we can, and look for common ground. Thank you, Barb.

        2 years ago
    3. Rabbit

      But oh so hard to do. I was at the hospital yesterday and a man had a hat on with, what seemed to me like an inappropriate message on it, and no mask on in spite of the hospital’s mask policy. I do so want to be patient about something like this and realize I am only upsetting myself if I let it bother me, but it is hard. This is a big reason why I am one this site. Thank you all for the insight that you give each day. Holly I am going to try saying your mantra at times like this. Patience and Respect.

      2 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        Yes, it is so hard, Rabbit. It is especially hard when we aren’t treated the same way… which may be the point… The Golden Rule… I know I would like to be treated with patience and respect if someone disagees with me… to receive tolerance instead of ridicule or anger. You give me strength, Rabbit, thank you! 🙂

        2 years ago
        1. Rabbit

          You just made my day Holly. Stay cool down there in Ohio. Very hot in Michigan too but not like some other places. Maybe that is a metaphorical answer to the original question. Stay cool, sounds like West Side Story.

          2 years ago
          1. Holly in Ohio

            Everything in life is more tolerable if set to the right music score! West Side Story… good one! (snapping along here to the beat!) 🙂

            2 years ago
    4. sparrow

      Well said,
      dear Holly…
      I have the same concerns,
      and I agree. ♥

      2 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        Lovely sparrow! Thank you. ❤

        2 years ago
  18. EJP

    I can honor the paths of others by just being silent…..just observing and not judging.

    2 years ago
    1. Rabbit

      I had a friend who could see someone on a different path and just think and say, “Well, isn’t that interesting.”

      2 years ago
      1. Barb C

        This reminds me of my younger daughter’s time in musical theater. I don’t know if they were formally taught this or not, but if someone did something with a part they didn’t much like, they’d say, “Well, that was an interesting choice.”

        2 years ago
  19. Don Jones

    Trying to understand the needs of others and balance that with my needs – there is nearly always common ground. Needs (as distinct from wants) are always positive, so positively seeking that joint understanding is honorable to all involved.

    2 years ago
  20. Kevin

    It seems that we are all on our own paths and life journeys. I sometimes see the paths that others appear to be on and say to myself, “I’m glad that’s not my path!” Other times, I might envy, momentarily at least, the paths and way of life of certain people I know. But even lives that appear charmed or desirable on the outside have hidden challenges too. Besides, I have neither need or want to follow the life paths of others. I’m busy enough minding my own. I can best honor the paths of others by accepting theirs and honoring my own.

    2 years ago
    1. Rabbit

      Someone told me once, “Never judge your insides by someone else’s outsides.”

      2 years ago
      1. Kevin

        Oh, I love this! Thanks my friend.

        2 years ago
  21. Eeevvv

    That’s a really sad reflection for me because in my family I am the one whose path is not respected. I have never shared the values with which they raised me because they have always made me suffer and feel inadequate, so I decided to take a path that was more in line with me and safeguarded my mental health. I don’t feel good when my family belittle me or scold me for the choices I’ve made, which were only meant to make me feel better. What I would like others to do is (and it is what I do with others precisely because I know what it feels like): respect and not judge – at first I may disagree but then I have to remember that it does not concern me, the path of others is not my path, they can choose roads that I don’t like as I can choose roads that they don’t like and that’s okay.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Oh dear, Dear Eeevvv – warm wishes to you! May peace be with you as you take your path and live with your family’s negative reactions to it! 🙁 😐 🙂

      2 years ago
      1. Eeevvv

        Thank you Mica, I really appreciate your kind words!

        2 years ago
  22. Michele

    By keeping their memory alive.
    Being a good listener.
    Love.

    2 years ago
  23. Iamme

    With respect, understanding and generosity of spirit, it can be hard sometimes if we think it is the wrong path to adhere to those ideals, but we should, and we should be there with a gentle smile, a hug and our time and love if that person should fall to pick them up, dust them off and support them to find a new direction.

    Almost four decades ago I married aged 20, neither friends or family thought it was the right decision but they stayed quiet, they celebrated with me and when the time came for me to leave five years later they were there for me. I felt so ashamed, I believed when I married that it should be for life, I thought people would be critical, judgemental and unkind but thankfully they were the total opposite. The thing is, I know if they had tried to talk me out of marrying it would have made me even more determined to do so and it may have driven a wedge between us. The exception to this is if we can see someone is in grave danger, that is the time to speak up.

    2 years ago
  24. sunnypatti48317

    We can honor the paths of others by not judging them and accepting that not all journeys are the same, and that helps make the beauty of the world.

    2 years ago
  25. Corinne

    By recognizing that we are all unique and yet the same .. made from and a part of the same fabric ..
    By respecting and honoring the paths of others we respect and honor our own.
    We should learn to listen with an open heart and a closed mouth.

    2 years ago
  26. Maria Martins

    I can honor others paths by being inspired by them, learning about why they took those paths, understanding and loving them. Let us be inspired, empathetic, loving and kind towards others peoples paths, either if we agree or not. We are all different but we all can learn from each other!

    2 years ago
  27. Christine

    The road each of us travels is a gift of the Divine. How can I not honor their paths?

    2 years ago

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