I feel we’ve come to a crossroads — we shall either continue to participate in the Judgement, or look deeper and see people for who they really are, beyond their latest public profile image. We are all complicated, interesting, humanly-flawed individuals. We are creatures filled with ideas and emotions, a history of mistakes, and a future filled with possibilities. Isn’t it high time we go back to seeing one another as we care to be seen ourselves? Remember the Golden Rule of Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You.
We are not perfect! We are going to make mistakes. We are going to say things that come out all wrong. We are going to have opinions that sometimes don’t make sense to others. We are going to make decisions based on where we are in our own lives, not where others wish us to be. We've become so engrossed and invested in other people's beliefs and habits, that we have somehow lost sight of our own; we're too busy worrying about other people's moral compass to figure out if our own is in check. Is that what we truly want for ourselves and for one another? The time has come -- we must put the brakes on being hyper critical. Stop highlighting everyone's wrongs and start celebrating their rights.
When I dreamed of LIGHTbeamers, I envisioned it as a vehicle for us all to shine for one another, support one another, inspire and motivate, lift each other up! However, my own shortcomings often leave me feeling unworthy of leading such a charge for I also make mistakes, say things I don’t mean, have polarizing opinions, and fail miserably at times in shining the LIGHT. Sometimes, when this has happened, people have quickly pointed out my flaws. But other times, they have soldiered on for me — shining for me when my own darkness is too deep, lifting me up instead of stomping me down. For the latter, I am immensely grateful.
So, can we all agree to shine a kind LIGHT for others? Give them a little Grace when they need it?
If so, then this is what I want to say, and what I imagine we all would want to say to our supporters, and even more so to our detractors — and I want you to hear these words the next time you find yourself rolling your eyes, shaking your head, and impulsively responding to someone’s seemingly off-the-wall social media post —
Yes, you do it your way, and I do it mine… but there we are, nonetheless, working toward the common goal. After all, we all want the same things — love, hope, peace, safety, compassion, a brighter future. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter how we get there… as long as we stay true to our own unique course, and accept others along their way.
Cheering for YOU,