Don’t give forgiveness because it’s the right thing to do. Rather because it’s the most liberating thing to do. When you forgive someone or yourself, you wash your body of grudges, judgement and hate. Forgive just as much for yourself as for others. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Give people a second chance. Even when that person is you. Nobody is perfect. And so that isn’t something we shouldn’t hold against each other or ourselves. Practice forgiveness and moving on.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one. ~ John Lennon
Pray for Paris and Pray for the World
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Although our differences by definition are said to separate us, they in fact bring us together in a number of ways. Here are a few reasons why our differences are awesome:
- What separates us helps us grow – from our differences to other people, there is an wealth of learning material to be gained from how other people live, interact and react, by observing people’s strengths and mistakes when faced with certain situations. Another’s achievements and assets raise our expectations of ourselves and our desire to be better.
- What separates us broadens our perspectives – to make something more successful, to power progress, to establish peace and love in the world, we need different perspectives. Sometimes our viewpoint is too blind on its own, but coupled with others, it is powerful. And so, what separates us also binds us into a common vision.
- What separates us gives us abundance – life would be monotonous and boring if we were all the same. But when we all excel in different ways and travel different walks of life, life is full of new ideas that we will all benefit from, whether we just appreciate them, use them, or want to model them. No path will ever be the same, but it has been created by all those who stood at a different point, at a different time, and in a different way.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept, and celebrate those differences. – Audre Lorde
Even though the idea of “world peace” is nowadays often associated with comedy and satire or with idealisation and fantasy, I think many of us would crawl through a sewage tank if it would bring peace to the world. Perhaps tolerance is a suitable stepping stone, because it is something that we can all practice, being able to coexist in harmony in the environments we inhabit, including our neighbourhoods, schools and work spaces.
The reality is, we all have different beliefs. Even with the umbrella terms of major religions and scientific bodies, there are countless shoots of different sections within those. We all see the world differently and act accordingly. Yet, we are all equal. To claim that our beliefs, thoughts and attitudes are valid is to allow others to also claim theirs as valid. To claim a right to hold them is to allow others the right to hold their own too, even if they conflict with ours.
Let’s try to be less judgemental and more understanding. less critical and more praising, less hateful and more loving. Let’s not approach violently those who embody a conflicting perspective to our own. If we cannot understand them or even respect them, let’s at the very least tolerate them and move on. We can stand up for our own beliefs without crushing others. As we continue to wade through times of conflict and strife, let’s remember that the world is also full of many good people and good deeds, and we can all contribute by being good people ourselves and performing good deeds too.
My heart and prayers are with those in Paris.
There are times for standing up for ourselves and our beliefs, for walking away from people and situations, and for growing out of relationships and circumstances. There are also times for rekindling and rebuilding connections, for saying sorry or forgiving others, and for putting down our weapons. Sometimes it’s hard to know which path to tread. Deep down, we all know what is best, when it should be for us and when it should be for others. Follow your heart and follow your instincts. Spread peace whichever path you pursue, both inside and in the outer world.
(Queen’s 2014 Christmas Message)