The subtleness of how one’s behavior affects others will only be understood when one becomes aware enough of how much their behavior is centered on themselves.
Stopped at a traffic light I observed something that made me reflect on how one’s behavior affects many people, whether one is aware of it or not. There was a car stopped at the light, but it was in the lane that had a green arrow to make a right. This is a very busy intersection with a lot going on. This car was stopped even though it had a green arrow, there was an elderly man who was driving. Well the car behind this car was leaning heavily on his horn, finally the elderly driver realized the arrow was green and started to go.
Like I said, this is a very busy intersection and there were other cars that were moving, but not in this persons path. I guess he got confused because he suddenly slammed on his brakes. Obviously the car behind him stopped, but the car behind that one did not and slammed into the car in front him. As I was observing what happened next this is where my reflection came in. Without realizing there had been an accident behind him, the car who caused all of the commotion in the first place, made his right turn, totally unaware of what had happened behind him. He just went on his way, oblivious to what he had caused. To me it was comical as the accident was only a fender bender and no one was injured.
How many times does one lose their temper without any regard of how it affects others? Or how about weaving in and out of traffic to get to where one is going without concern for other drivers. Feel free to add your own scenario here. To be aware that the world does not revolve around you and to understand whatever you do affects someone else no matter how subtle, will really put you in line with the light of the spirit. Very few people go there because of the subtleness involved, but understanding this subtleness and how one’s behavior affects others, allows for the ability to come from a place a love, whether others are aware of it or not.