So there's an issue I've been exploring recently, and it's one I've struggled with up to this point, particularly at home.
It's the issue of being caring about things/people/issues without being attached to an outcome. It seems like a very fine line to walk. How can we care about something, nurture it, watch it grow and not be attached when it dies in front of us or falls into suffering? I realise that there is a judgement here of where the flow is taking us, like perhaps the suffering needs to be experienced, but it's still difficult is detach from this sometimes.
Today I got upset with my daughter as she lied to me. I observed to my partner that she is starting to lie more frequently at the moment and she said to me that it's normal for kids to lie. She said, 'didn't you lie as a child?' and actually, while I did on occasion, I actually made it a point to tell the truth even when it was me that did something bad (I know, what a square, right?) I can completely understand the compulsion to lie, but does that mean that I should just laugh it off?
As I type, the answer is becoming more clear to me, though I know that practically I often get carried away with things - my partner says I care too much, which I think, in the way she means it, is quite wise, as it creates a lot of internal tension.
I'd be interested to hear other peoples experiences/perspectives on the balance between caring and being unattached.