The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

Don’t blame the lettuce

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look into the reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like lettuce.

– Thich Nhat Hanh, in “Peace Is Every Step”.
Painting: Alla Tsank

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3 responses

  1. this view…understanding…opens a window to a world of compassion and loving-kindness. Thank you for sharing Thich Nhat Hanh’s words and Alla Tsank’s painting.

    August 18, 2017 at 10:25 am

  2. Thanks for sharing those words. I wonder, when are times that blame helps?

    August 21, 2017 at 6:17 pm

  3. Not sure, but my readings suggest that regret “helps” when embraced by compassion towards self and intentional change.

    August 21, 2017 at 7:17 pm

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