Award-winning author, international speaker, and former radio show personality.
Words can’t describe the sadness and fear that is permeating our international community. It seems at every turn, there is news of some catastrophic, devastating crisis. There isn’t a day that goes by where we don’t tune in to see pain and suffering. The world is going crazy and it seems like there is no way to stop the avalanche of violence and pain that is coming down on all of us. But sadly, I have noticed something else about the times we live in too. People are changing (and not all for good). It seems like you can’t say or do much of anything these days without people taking offense, becoming defensive, or judgmental. We are on high alert to defend our positions and chose the path of “right” over the pathway toward love. Our “right” has become righter and anything or person that gets in the way of our self-righteous indignation should be damned and discarded. People these days seem to have very little tolerance for human error, difference, and alternate opinions. The pathway to forgiveness and understanding seem to be forgotten roads.
How did we get here? Some are blaming the government, other may blame a parent, spouse, friend, etc.… Some aren’t even aware that they are angry and live in bubble of their own creation that keeps them oblivious and satisfied with the status quo. But I get it. I have certainly been there. Anger can feel like an old friend that justifies the pain and satiates the ego. Besides for some, the story of one’s pain is far more comfortable than delving deep into your own problems to see what you may have contributed to the discord in your life or with another. It is uncomfortable to see whether or not you may have overreacted, or simply lacked sympathy, empathy or compassion for another human being. It can be far more self-serving to just complain to everyone about how awful another person is as it justifies the pain, guilt, and fear that resides within each of us.
I am certainly not suggesting that we all get in a big circle and sing kumbaya and just ‘get along” as there are times when things should come to an end (whether a job, friendship, etc.). But that does not mean that we must be in anyway unkind, malicious, or hurtful. This simply means that we move away from what doesn’t serve us with LOVE and acceptance. We have enough crazy going on in the world right now without people taking emotional potshots at each other. We have enough agony in the world without people inflicting more pain on each other. I have said this before and I will say it again. This is a tough time in this world. There is a lot of uncertainly for ALL of us. There are a lot of changes taking place and many people are feeling the impact and may not always know how to navigate those feelings or fears. So in this tumultuous time, I would suggest that we all have a little more patience for ourselves and everyone else. The more we can open the way toward love, healing and forgiveness, the quicker we may be able to navigate through these stormy waters because at the end of the day, we are ALL in the same boat.