Can I recognize in my encounters with imperfection an invitation to accept that there is much I don’t know, or can’t change, especially about others?
How might I discover the limitless possibilities of love, of being open to the new possibilities in a situation or a moment? Might willingness to meet the present, rather than automatically imitate or recreate the past, be what it most truly means to “occupy” my self?
The two service questions are conceived as a mechanism to help me focus on and clarify reality for myself in the decisions with which I am faced each day. Those junctures of possibility arrive moment by moment, and the goal of this pair of questions is to help me meet each one consciousl:
~ At this moment in time, what is the act of service I am capable of giving that the other person is capable of receiving?
~ At this moment in time, what is the act of service I am capable of receiving that the other person is capable of giving?
Every human interaction is either an act of giving or an act of receiving. By asking questions that encompass both giving and receiving, my sensitivity to and awareness of my own needs and those of others is increased daily. Both questions are equally important because giving depends on someone willing and capable of receiving, and receiving depends on someone willing and capable of giving.
Adapted from With Thine Own Eyes: Why Imitate the Past, When We Can Investigate Reality?
Also available in print version from: http://www.bahairesources.com/with-thine-own-eyes.html