Every morning that we are fortunate enough to wake up, we have a fundamental choice to make. Will we embrace the day–and all the situations that we encounter–from a place of compassion and openness or from a place of anger and close-mindedness?
When confronted with a new idea, are we wired to say yes or inclined to find all the reasons to defend the status quo?
When someone makes a mistake, do we feel compelled to point it out and rejoice in our perceived superiority, or do we accept everyone’s humanity and let it go?
Regardless of how we feel about the death penalty, do we cheer when we hear about the large number of convicts put to death in Texas, or do we feel sadness about how so many lives could have gone astray and wreaked so much havoc?
Do we stand on the side of love or on the side of intolerance and hate?
If you are anything like me, you may find it comforting to keep your options open or to rely on that handy old standby of “it depends.”
If you are anything like me, you may feel more powerful when you find fault in others.
If you are anything like me, you may direct your anger toward the other guy when it’s too painful to confront your own fears.
But I’m left to wonder, what would happen if we decided to walk through our fear, check our egos at the door and sign up for a little peace, love and understanding? Might a little grace be bestowed upon all of us if we added a dose of compassion to our day, and left the judgment and resentment on the night stand? Might we all do a little better if we saw possibilities, instead of pitfalls.
Well, you may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m picking a lane.
What’s your choice?