Self Pity [poem]


I never saw a wild thing
sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.

– D H Lawrence  (1885 – 1930)

Words can be powerful tools for helping us gain a perspective on our perspectives. A perspective on our feelings. Words can help us to Zoom-Out. Once we can recognise and label a pattern of feelings, especially painful or destructive feelings, we can see it more clearly for what it is. We can then treat it for what it is. In the case of self-pity, we can see that in the scheme of the universe, self-pity is not at all helpful. We can let it go.

It’s wonderful how words can preserve and carry “Zoom-Out thinking” down the ages, so we can benefit from perspectives from beautiful minds, like the words above.

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