The Tao of Doing it Anyway!

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway. – Mother Teresa

I love this quote from Mother Teresa. A very realistic person who spoke from experiences instead of just belief. I so appreciate that position. In the above statement I find it helpful to remember I am one of those “People” the quote is referring too. I, you, and us, we are all unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered at times, and we need our own love and compassion as much as we might need others.

“Loving,” which is somewhat of a loaded word, also means to accept people for how they are in the moments you are with them. Remembering that we are all on this birth to death journey and there is nothing that will change that scenario. We all have that scared and frightened conditioned personality that craves attention, wants to be recognized, clings to wanting to be right, wants to be the winner, and will do anything to satisfy those cravings. And it’s Ok to recognize that very human need and accept that it will swing in and out of balance.

I say this a lot, but my version of loving everyone is to remember to be kind, to them and myself. We have noticed this year that life isn’t what we thought it was, that every thing can change and swing into areas never expected. Being kind, no matter what, isn’t about how people receive kindness, it’s about how you feel about yourself.

We are constantly living on the edge of, and falling into, our own future. We are all there right now. How do you want to meet your future self? How do you want to be with future others? I want to be open minded, aware of limitations, embrace our strengths, and give a little to everyone I meet. A tiny gift of a smile, a noticing of a positive attribute, being with the other person (and yourself), and always watchful of how I can add to another being’s life.

Be open to experiencing the miracle that is the core of your existence.

Bryan Wagner

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  1. You are so right Bryan 😊 Being kind to others IS being kind to ourselves. If more people understood how energy worked within ourselves and how it bleeds into every living thing, we would raise the vibration of humanity altogether. I wrote a poem called the “Spaces in between” about those moments when we choose our behaviors. In DBT, what you’re referring to is called opposite action. Sometimes we may not feel it, but to follow our higher selves is always optimal. This is why the human experience within our conditioning fascinates me so. Great post. I always enjoy interacting with you my friend. Stay well❤

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    1. Dear Bryan Wagner,

      I concur with Ladysag77. You have indeed composed a wonderful and sweet post containing many wise words and insights into the perennial human condition of needing to be loved and accepted in addition to “our own love and compassion”.

      I shall be both grateful and delighted if you and Ladysag77 could kindly indulge me with your respective wisdoms in the context of my most recent post entitled “💬 Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: 🧠 Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity 🦠” published at by submitting a comment there, considering the enormous challenges and ongoing crises that numerous human beings are facing on a daily basis, as discussed in my said post.

      Happy winter to you and Ladysag77!

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  2. I also wanted to add that Mother Teresa is a guide for me, always as been. My middle name and all yes but even as a child I was so curious and intrigued by her compassionate heart. A soul’s recognition thing I figure😉

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