“Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety”
—Confucius, c. 500 BC
Couldn’t help capturing this at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok. With a few hours to kill before catching our onward flight to Tokyo Narita, we decided to check out the duty-free shops there. And then, this caught my eye. Incredibly cute and wise—was my first response to it.
“Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.”
It made me ponder on how all the negative things that are happening “out there” are out of our control until we can control what’s happening inside us. How we control our feelings and react to external events depends on our mental make-up as well as our state of mind at the time. But, what we cannot deny is the fact that we alone have the power to respond to these events. In the right way.
But, do we exercise this power as often as we should? Do you? I struggle with it, a lot of the time. Sometimes, it seems to be one of our biggest struggles in life. Would you agree or disagree?
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