“Seeing is the most arduous thing a human can undertake. For it calls for a disciplined, alert mind, whereas most people would rather lapse into mental laziness than take the trouble to see each person and thing anew in present-moment freshness.” Anthony DeMello
It is, indeed, easy to see things as I expect them to be, easy for the “mental laziness” to take over and to see things as I have previously experienced them. I expect the slow, grumpy waiter at the restaurant to be slow and grumpy the next time I am there. I expect the 1-800 customer service person to be slow and incapable of helping me. I mean, these expectations are reasonable, right! Well, there is, of course, a notable exception here. I expect others to see ME in “present-moment freshness,” to forget my transgressions and failures of last week, yesterday, ten minutes ago.
What goes around comes around.