“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Lately, I’ve found it difficult to find things to say and things to write about so I’ve decided to write what is on my mind and in my heart and hope that someone somewhere takes something from this. If not, that’s cool too. So here it is.
My deepest wish for this life is to say something and to write something of meaning, something that will have an impact, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.
My deepest wish is to live in a world where judgment is left to criminal trials, where we are evolved enough and educated enough that judgment is inferior to us. I crave the moment where society can accept people as they are without labels, boundaries, restrictions, explanations or definitions. I yearn for the moment where people can just exist without fear of being persecuted for how they choose to do so.
My deepest wish is to live in a society where everyone is treated equal, where everyone is afforded the same rights and privileges and freedoms and respect and right to love. I pray for the time where we can choose who we love and have that be celebrated. I pray for the time where people of colour can walk down the streets and feel safe and respected. I pray for the time where women are treated as equals and aren’t judged based on their physical appearance, their bodies or their opinions.
My deepest wish is to live in a world where hatred is no longer answered with hatred and violence is no longer answered with violence. I hope for a world where love is the first answer, where kindness is a reflex and acceptance an instinct. Where conflict is resolved with an intelligent, peaceful conversation and not with weapons.
My deepest wish is to live in a world where light always overcomes the darkness, where the good always shines brighter than the bad, and where understanding always leads to acceptance.
It is devastating to realize that we live in a time where all of these things need to be mentioned, that we needed to be reminded of these simple yet incredibly powerful facts. We all hold the power to make a change. It is within all of us to make this change and it all starts with being open to it. So the next time you want to judge another being, take a second and think before you speak. Are you really judging this person or are you projecting onto them something within yourself that you don’t like? If the latter is true, take a breath and respond to that person with kindness, with compassion, with understanding and acceptance that they too may be having a difficult time. This simple act saves the world from so much negativity and hate. By being open to taking responsibility for your actions and the way you respond to situations and to other people who you may not understand can literally be the difference between life and death. When we make the choice to answer with love, with open hearts and open minds, with kindness, with respect, with compassion, with the understanding that we are all the same, we are all souls on this Earth having the same human experience and accepting that there are things in this world that are different and weird and that is okay. It’s time that we as a species evolve beyond judgment and beyond hate, we are better than that and we can definitely do better than that. We are not brought into this world with hate, we are taught to hate. We are all brought into this world with the instinct to love and it’s time we tap back into that instinct.
Much love and peace,