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ACCEPT OTHERS AS THEY REALLY ARE

It is important to Accept others as they really are, and not as you would
expect them to be. We all are governed by Habits that are a very vital and
strategic part of our sub-consciousness. Whatever we do in our everyday life is according to a fixed pattern of Habits, and those acts happen automatically
without the slightest effort on our part. To change a Habit needs great effort,
but to perform any habitual act requires no effort at all.

The Story of the Scorpion and the Frog

There is this great ancient tale about the Scorpion and the Frog which
demonstrates the habitual acts in a simple manner. Once a Scorpion set out
on a journey to explore the Universe beyond his birth place. After travelling
for days and enjoying the different locales, he came across a river, and it
seemed he could not go any further He was about to return back when he
saw a Frog jumping and swimming with delight in the beautiful river. After
thinking a great deal about what to do next, he requested the Frog to give
him a ride on his back and take him across, so he could explore the amazing
Universe a little more. The Frog hesitated as he feared the Scorpion would
sting him, but he was told nothing of that sort would happen. The Scorpion
assured him that he knows both of them would drown and die if he did that,
so why would he even think of such a horrific act and be the cause of his own
death.

The Scorpion enacted His Habitual Act

After the Frog agreed to give the Scorpion a ride across the river, he put
him on his back and began moving cautiously toward the other end, keeping
in mind the safety of his passenger. They had almost reached the end when
the Frog felt a sharp pain and began to lose consciousness. When he asked
his passenger what had he done, the Scorpion replied, well - my Brother, I
couldn't help myself and just did what I know best, and this is a Habit that
is deeply ingrained in me. And, both of them drowned.

Accept Others As they Really Are and Protect your Self

Just like the Scorpion, how many times have you helped people, but then
they took you for a ride and drowned you in the process? How many times
have you confided in a close friend or fellow worker, and found your story
was transported all over. As a matter of fact, it is not their fault really, they
just acted in line with their Habitual patterns. Always remember one great
Universal truth - Nothing happens to you for which you are not the cause. It
is extremely important that you protect your Self by closely observing people
around you and their Habitual patterns of conducting themselves. Once you
are familiar with their nature, simply accept them as they really are, and not
what you expect them to be. If you confide in a gossiper and trust him or her
to keep your story a secret, or loan funds to a person who has a habit of
never paying back, then you are at fault.

Let me ask you - would you expect a Doctor to act like a Patient and a
Patient to act like a Doctor? It certainly is good common sense not to expect
such a thing. Then how can you expect a Gossiper to act like a quiet reserved
person who hardly utters a word, or a person who never pays back loans to act like a Donor who donates money left and right.

It is a great Universal Law that you cannot change others, so why not accept
them as they are. The only person you can possibly change is YOU. So if you
have a habit of not accepting others as they really are and then getting hurt
in the process with their behavior time and time again, then it certainly would
make good common sense to change your habit and start accepting others as
they really are.

Gurdip Hari

 

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