It is easy to express words of gratitude, peace and love when you aren’t challenged, when things are going along swimmingly, when the world seems to sparkle in the blessings of the season.
I have seen little of that in the past few weeks. And while I have tried to keep my inner world as peaceful as possible, I have failed there as well.
Be careful what you wish for.
The other day I told my daughter I felt like everything would be alright if only I could spend two full days in bed. My post-November 8th world had taken it out of me. I was tired and needed a break.
Within two days I got my wish! Marvelous isn’t it? Well, not really because…
I got the flu. And got to spend those two full days in bed. Because I literally couldn’t do anything else.
Now, sliding toward the side of a somewhat healthier state, I have to laugh at how powerful our subconscious mind really is.
In the era of Orange Boy, it feels like the subconscious collective mind has been given a platform where it gets to shout out to the world like never before. And because of the public’s voracious appetite for scandal and negative news, we listen, curl our lips, puke a little in our mouths and wonder why the world has become so ugly.
This morning I watched a video of a bilingual man and his brother get escorted off a Delta Airlines flight because a woman felt uncomfortable when he spoke Arabic to his mom on the phone. He videotaped it and posted it on Facebook. While I didn’t see what happened before that, I watched as (white) people waved him “good riddance”. He was later interviewed on a radio show where he admitted he cried after having to deplane.
Our lives have come to this. Social media has fueled such negativity when it was meant to be a connector. When I first joined Facebook almost ten years ago, I thought it was a silly little platform where I could send virtual ‘gifts’ to my old college friends. It has turned into the largest stage for shouting and spewing falsehoods. And yet I can’t seem to get away from it, as if by some miracle, everything will look different if I check in just one last time. As if the hatred and the bigotry and the ugliness would end.
I realize that such things have always existed. Social media has simply made it more visible for the entire world to see the injustices that exist. Yet I can’t help but believe that it is feeding a negative impulse that is growing within our global collective mind.
So if my subconscious mind can land me in the bed with the flu for two days, I speak from its source to give a message of peace:
- If you don’t know first hand about something, question its truth.
- Never stop asking questions.
- Treat everyone as you would have them treat you. Would you want to be kicked off a plane for speaking your native tongue such as English?
- Know that nothing is impossible. If Orange Boy can become President, we know this to be true.
- Be careful what you wish for.
- When in doubt, opt for love. Fear feeds fear. Love conquers all.
Wishing you a peaceful, beautiful holiday season, all. May 2017 shine with the glitter and sparkles of love that each and every one of us deserves.