In considering the notion of how I perceive others and how they perceive me, it may be a help to consider others exactly as I perceive myself – as a seeker. We are a race of seekers mired by the pitfalls of being disappointed in our seeking, of seeking foolishly, and, most of all, of seeking selfishly. To realize that each one of the countless hordes of humans – more numerous than the sprouting and dying leaves upon all the world’s trees – is a seeker, is to realize the thread that binds all humanity. From birth to death we are constantly seeking one thing or another: money, pleasure, power, fame, knowledge, understanding, etc. Conflict and confrontation are often the result of the individual importance attached to particular requests without regard to the fact that seeking something is most human. The act of seeking is a common human denominator. It seems also inevitably human to try to convince another that what one seeks should also be sought by others. It is odd though how this common denominator separates rather than unites us. I think it would be well for us to recognize that every individual with whom we come in contact is also a seeker – just as we are; however, not only that which we seek but also the way that we seek it divides us.
It’s important for us to recall the life You lived and the things You taught which showed us how and what to seek. When we do not seek, we negate the movement of Your spirit, for we are, by the nature of Your gift of life, stirred to seek. Sometimes it takes a whole lifetime to bring into clear focus that for which we seek.