When it comes to discrimination and intolerance, mankind has been focused on the wrong aspect of this issue for far too long. I understand, discrimination is a complex issue. There is a history before us which we assimilate into our ideology, and then pass along to our children. We learn from our family’s, as well as our culture’s, fear and anger, and we take it on as our own. We were not born with it, we were taught to this think this way… yet, let me ask – do we ever stop to think if we actually agree with this line of thinking? Because we were taught, it also means we can unlearn it and educate ourselves about other belief systems which more closely resemble who we are. If we do not make this effort, the suffering will only continue to be perpetrated.
We need to break the cycle, and we need to do it together.
For the sake of your children, the world’s people, generations to come, and yourself, stop and figure out what causes you to feel this fear and anger, and instead of reacting to those emotions, analyze them with a problem-solving cap on. For one, let’s not judge a person until we know them enough to make an accurate assessment about their true character, which means that first impressions are obsolete. Let me share another, broader thought to get you started…
It is not about black versus white, it’s not even about which gender is marrying which, or about who is Jewish and who is Muslim, and it’s definitely not about which immigrants are moving into our country.
I am here to tell you – it is about none of that.
On almost a daily basis, I cannot help but witness the suffering that occurs around me, and how it affects not only the ones we love, but the strangers that we see as well. I am very in tune with this because it is ingrained within me to try to alleviate the suffering in others – whether they want my help or not :). But I can’t help it, sometimes I am aware of products or lifestyle changes that people can do which would make a pronounced difference in their health and happiness, and if I do notice this, I will make an effort to share my knowledge. It may not work for them, but at least they now have the knowledge to try should they want to. I challenge you to do the same… and no, I’m not talking about telling people how to run their lives, but if you have a recommendation that has worked for you, please – reach out and share… it may just be the tip they need to initiate a positive life change.
My thought is – there are many things in our life that we cannot control (natural disasters and the stock market), but there are many things we can (our generosity and taking care of our body). We cannot view ourselves as victims because there is always something we can do to create a better outcome, and it all begins with our thoughts. Our thoughts are what push us into action – for better or for worse. To put this more precisely, I see people everyday who suffer from ailments, not being able to lose weight, and experience uncontrollable emotional roller coasters – and it all feels like it is out of their control. Well, I am here to tell you, my dear, it is not. I have been there, and believe me when I say – I feel your pain. Allow me to share my story…