Compassion, equality, and love for all is what my mom taught.
It’s time to abolish hate. It’s seems silly that I even have to write this in 2017. The chaos that happened in Charlottesville over the weekend has shown us all that we, as Americans, see things differently. After all, it’s what makes our country one of the best countries in the world. We get to speak our mind, believe what we want, and still live free. It does not, however, give any of us the right to cause harm to anyone. We can stand up for what we believe in as long as we hold peaceful protests and respect others who have different convictions. This past weekend showed that people can take their demonstrations too far.
I grew up in a lower middle class family. My dad worked nights packing trucks and my mom raised 4 boys. All of us have our problems like anyone else, but we get by pretty well in spite of them. My mom worked to bring in some extra money by helping foster kids. Our home was a go between for children who were taken from their negligent parents and about to be adopted. Sometimes they would spend a night with us and sometimes it was 5-6 weeks. I would arrive home from school sometimes and there could be 2 or 3 kids that might be staying with us for an indefinite amount of time. They were white, black, brown, gray, green, or purple, it didn’t matter to my mom and frankly, it shouldn’t matter to you.
My mom taught us that just because someone has different skin color doesn’t make them any different than us. Just because someone believes in a different religion, or has a different language, or comes from a different place, it doesn’t make them any better or worse than us. “We are all equal,” she used to say. It made sense to me then and it makes even more sense to me now.
I’ve traveled around the world and visited many people from many cultures and I truly believe everyone is human and everyone is equal and should be treated as such. So when I see protests that emulate Nazis and the KKK, two groups that stand for killing others based on religion and race, I cannot help but share my mom’s example.
My mom was a woman who lived with a lot of love. She was a smart, powerful woman and she died much too young. She lived a very passionate life, was incredibly opinionated and passionate about her beliefs. I know that she would have been screaming about the idiocy of the violence and hate coming from Charlottesville. In her honor, I thought it appropriate to reach out and mend our divide.
Love and help your fellow human. It seems so simple and it only takes a bit of work from each of us. Here are 3 simple things you can do to bridge the gap from hate to love.
Be an example of peace.
When you’re going about your dad, smile to someone you come in contact with that you might otherwise avoid. Look beyond the outside and see them for the beautiful soul they are.
Have the tough conversations.
Many of us seem to avoid those tough political debates or we’re afraid to truly speak our mind. Don’t be afraid, just find a safe environment to do it. That could be the kitchen table. One of the most unhealthy things we can do is to suppress our beliefs.
Help each other.
If you’re reading this, there are so many people that are less fortunate than you. One of the simplest ways to mend the divides is to help other people. Between the obesity epidemic, the opiod crisis, and the ongoing hate proliferation, leaders are needed everywhere to help people be better. We seem to have lost our way a little bit, but thankfully a simple hug and a bit of love and compassion can help us find our way again.
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Source: Abolish Hate and Follow my Mom’s Actions.