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  • Writer's pictureNoa Zalle

What was that all about?

Updated: Jun 20, 2020

Yesterday the strangest thing happened to me. Thereโ€™s a Facebook group that was created for people who live where I live, to give things that they no longer need for free. Hoping someone else will find a use for them.

I posted a picture of a shabby ladder to give away, maybe someone creative would like to paint it and place it in the garden, put pots with plants on it or some other fun idea.

I posted it and then went to teach my Yoga class ๐Ÿ˜Š

After the class ended, I saw messages on my phone:

โ€œThis is an unsafe ladder. You should disassemble it and throw it away! Iโ€™m a safety engineer, trust me!โ€ and โ€œThis is a lousy ladder. You should be ashamed offering it to others! It belongs in the trash!โ€

To say that I was surprised is an understatement. Never mind that I had good intentions, but what was that all about? How a simple ladder can rise so many emotions, points of views, reactions and resistant?

To be honest, I donโ€™t really know. But this was a marvelous example of how most people operate: react, hold on to their points of views, needing to be right all the time. What does it create? Nothing. (Unless you count unkindness as a worthy creationโ€ฆ).

What if instead of reacting, we will pause for a minute, take a deep breath, and ask โ€“ is my reaction going to create anything here? for me and for the other person?

And those of you who are familiar with: โ€˜If Iโ€™ll prove her/him/them that Iโ€™m right, Iโ€™ll showโ€™em! then Iโ€™ll be happy!โ€™ will you though? Really?

If youโ€™d be willing to let go of your point of view, be able to acknowledge that even the most important thought that you hold on to, is JUST a point of view, youโ€™ll be so much happier, lighter and freeโ€ฆ

And also, sometimes it is just the kind thing to do. And kindness is one of the greatest gifts we can give each other.

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