As I was riding to work this morning I was a car with two bumper stickers. I’ve seen this before and end up repeating them as I finish my ride, but this morning, this time of the year, this season they struck me as profound. On the left side of the back bumper was this one:
With myself; I'm happy where I'm at and who I am. It's not a pride thing, but rather contentment.
With others; I'm at peace as far as I can control. There may be ill will out there toward me, but I don't know of it. Time passes and peace comes.
I'm pretty sure I'll remain at peace as long as I accept that I don't exist because of me or for my benefit. Also that others don't exist because of me or for my benefit. Remembering these simple truths will help me stay in a peaceful, anti-center of the universe, state.
(By the way, did you know that the "Peace Symbol" was created as a representation of the semaphore flags for "N" and "D" which represent "Nuclear Disarmament" a movement for which is was designed in the 50's. That whole urban legend of this being a devilish or communist symbol is horse pucky.)
The bumper sticker on the right side of the car was this:
These two mental gifts I received this morning from some commuting philosopher were much appreciated. The reminders to me, to peacefully live and to be aware of what is most important to me, will hopefully outlast my morning ride and perhaps me altogether through what I teach the next generation.