We all know the saying “United We Stand, Divided We Fall“, right? Even though it may be more of a challenge now to feel united, we must still do our best to apply this vital message to our everyday lives. We can’t change the past and all that has happened, but we can do something to change the direction we’re headed–right here and now!
Have we gone that far down the “rabbit hole” as a nation that we’ve forgotten the Golden Rule we were taught as children? Are we really treating others as we wish to be treated? Blame isn’t the conduct we can afford to indulge in. Neither is complacency or wallowing in what’s gone wrong. All of these behaviors merely detract from each of us taking self-responsibility. Any indulgent behavior will only create further divide and harm to all our fellow Earth travelers. If we don’t find a way to stand together, we most assuredly will fall apart.
None of us would survive alone: This is the way of everything that nature created. Even the cells in our bodies live in community with each other, constantly communicating in order to keep all our organ systems in homeostasis, in healthy balance. In light of this Truth, I invite each of you to search deep within and ask yourself what you’re capable of doing to help unite our country and the world, and thereby make a positive contribution for generations to come.
I’m willing to admit publicly that I’m not a fan of this new administration. However, I am not aligned with creating more of a rift than already exists by joining in the negative, fear-driven, separatist diatribe that’s available for daily consumption. I absolutely know that we can choose where we place our attention and therefore not feel victimized. Each one of us holds tremendous power and free will to direct that power in whatever way we choose. Better to point that power in the direction of what we’re “for” rather than what we’re against. Use your voice, take an inspired action and focus on what’s in the greater good of us all.
Our country is a mosaic of color, religion, nationality, gender identity and sexual orientation. The vast majority of all Americans are immigrants. (I am a second generation American from European descent.) Many of our ancestors have fought hard for equal rights under the law and through the power in numbers, have succeeded. We have expanded to this new world and we will not go backwards; it’s not how Life really works. That said, there’s no doubt that prejudice has existed since the beginning of time and continues to be present among certain sects of the population. I don’t believe that the Trump “movement” created it but rather exposed its underbelly, giving permission to those who believe they are somehow superior to others a platform to spread their hateful rhetoric.
We must resist fighting against so many things and instead pay attention to what we stand for–that which is the right of every human being. This is what will ultimately result in creating more tolerance and compassion. Let’s create more movements that are “for” something rather than against.
We live in times of great contrast. There is evidence everywhere we look that we don’t agree on how we should live, what we believe, what actions need to be taken. If we don’t get focused on what the contrast provides us, a clearer picture of what we’d prefer, then we will just create more suffering, pain and division.
We are all in this together. What happens from this point forward is up to each and every one of us. Let’s find more things we have in common and unite on a foundational level. Let’s agree to stand together for the sake of humanity, for our Earth and the future that we care so deeply about.
“Our words should be carefully chosen, for people will hear them and be influenced by them–for good or for ill” Buddha