“The person who is asleep always thinks he’ll feel better if somebody else changes. You’re suffering because you are asleep, but you’re thinking, “How wonderful life would be if somebody else would change; how wonderful life would be if my neighbor changed, my wife changed, my boss changed.”
We always want someone else to change so that we will feel good. But has it ever struck you that even if your wife changes or your husband changes, what does that do to you? You’re just as vulnerable as before; you’re just as idiotic as before; you’re just as asleep as before. YOU are the one who needs to change, who needs to take medicine. You keep insisting, “I feel good because the world is right.” WRONG! The world is right because I feel good. That’s what all the mystics are saying.”
Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J., in “Awareness”
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