In Indonesia we have the proverb, “Jadilah engkau seperti padi. Makin berisi, makin merunduk“. The proverb means ”Be like rice plant. The more it grows, the more it bends”.
Well, of course you all know what that translates into our life. We need to adopt a rice plant philosophy: the more knowledgeable, powerful, or well-off we are, the more humble we need to be.
(These opening paragraphs are courtesy of Subhan Zein and his WordPress Blog ~ www.subheinzein.wordpress.com ~ It would be worth your while to read him.)
I like this philosophy! I love to read about other cultures and how they express their spirituality. This particular philosophy ~ To be like the rice plant is a good way to look at growing, thriving and moving toward God and humility.
Right now I’m trying to grow toward being more patient with people who just drive me up the wall. Sometimes it just makes me crazy. I it has to do with someone who thinks they know everything and continue to argue the point and to have the last word.
I don’t know why it bothers me so much. I have heard that the person who makes you the craziest has the same traits as you and THAT is what is making you crazy. Perhaps what I lack is the humility that comes with knowledge. . .really gotta meditate on that one.
I think I may have blocked myself into a corner of irritability. Hmmm.
I’ll get back to you. . .
Sandy Ozanich ~ (c) 2012