Be The Light
I did not plan to write anything today, but something pulled me towards it.
I try always try to follow my feelings and intuition, so here goes.
Lately, I have been attempting to be more mindful and practice gratitude. I have been making a conscious effort to meditate as soon as I wake up and I have already noticed a profound effect. I woke up Friday morning and meditated for a few minutes. Immediately, this feeling of gratitude washed over me and I realized how much I had to be thankful for. I was lying next to my beautiful wife who is my best friend, a vegan chef, and a professional bikini competitor…that alone would make anyone smile. I know that she will always love me unconditionally and I am eternally grateful for that. I then began thinking about how lucky I am for my health and my body and smiled thinking about how excited I was to go the gym and exercise. Additionally, I had duty that night and it made me realize how fortunate I am that I get to live out my childhood dream of flying helicopters while serving others. I understand that I am more lucky than most and try to never take that for granted. What I can’t understand is why there is so much love and beauty in the world and some people choose to hate. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that I woke up smiling and excited to start my day while many other people woke up filled with hate and discontent.
I am not into politics. I will also openly admit I know almost nothing about current events. Generally, that is intentional because when I watch the news and learn about what is happening in the world, It always negatively affects me. That being said, the events in Charlottesville struck a nerve, and I am not sure why. Maybe it is because I am male, caucasian, and American. Maybe it was because two pilots lost their lives in a helicopter crash while monitoring the rally. Today I found myself with an uneasy feeling, noticing some bad energy, and my mind kept going back to those events.
More than anything I found myself wondering….what can I do? How can I make a difference in a world filled with so much hate? I believe that if we have a problem with something in life, we have to fix it. If we can’t fix it, we have to accept it. I cannot just accept this hatred. I cannot stand idly by and watch behavior inconsistent with my values. I must stand up and fight!?….WRONG!
Dr. Martin Luther King once said
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
If we want to fix this problem, we have to be light. If we want to start a revolution, it must be a revolution of love. The only way to make it through these dark times is to realize we are all connected and do everything we can to spread love. The world needs compassion now more than ever.
Let’s be the light.