The Enemy Within

Racism, Terrorism, Hatred, Sin

Commentaries have flooded the airwaves, the Internet and among general conversations about the recent horrifying racially charged incident that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. The tragic, horrific and senseless tragedies and fatalities that resulted after the escalation this particular gathering brought, sadly and initially fueled by hatred, is a topic that continues to bring new or renewed conversations of such terrorism to the forefront of a common reality once more.

For those of us who are born from any type of ethnic derivation, regardless of where you are from, racism for most of us is not a foreign subject. This deep-seeded pathogen of darkness incubates within the very heart and soul of racial terrorists, and justification for their deeds and actions is imprudent and vile.

Like a wound that cannot produce a scab of healing, or a raging fire fueled by an accelerant of hatred, the mindset of this enemy is not only disturbing and dangerous, but it is a toxicity that cannot be tolerated or empowered. Somehow, such thinking spurs unnecessary and unsubstantiated race rating. There is no superior race.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27 KJV)

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (excerpt from the Declaration of Independence)

Shame on You!

Shaming, Bullying, Torturing, Intimidating, Harassing

While criticism, whether warranted or not has been a part of humanity since the beginning of time, intimidation and intentionally humiliating someone is something different and far more destructive. It is so appalling how the internet has become a place where a disdainful and alarming form of bullying has become a daily norm. Shaming, according to the Cambridge Dictionary is the act of publicly criticizing and drawing attention to someone, especially on the internet. Targets are publicly humiliated using technology like social media (i.e. body shaming, baby shaming, pet shaming, etc).

Words, whether verbally expressed or written can wage a war, assassinate someone’s character, promote education, bring awareness to a cause, or create peace. I am a supporter of the First Amendment, but I am not a proponent of cruelty, abuse and dehumanization, whether exercised publically or not. Shaming or deliberately spreading lies about a person, people or an organization can lead to hate messages and death threats being used to intimidate that person or their family.

Shaming, Humiliation, Bullying

When the offenders have deliberately ‘Shamed’ someone publically, especially on a social platform, it spreads like a wild fire. If they are called on the carpet, some retract their statements and apologize (although many think these apologies aren’t genuine or sincere), and others don’t. I truly believe that these bully-headed individuals have to have some inkling of a heart under those thick layers of insults. If the tables were turned, how would they feel?

I know I’ve previously written about this subject before, but it still seems to become more problematic and systemic than ever. Grant it, we all have opinions, some extreme and some aptly mild. But even though we have the freedom of speech, let’s practice ‘thinking’ before we speak whether verbally, digitally or written via a publication. Now mind you, we aren’t talking about reporting or responding to relevant, genuine news, we are talking about twisting, turning and torturing people just because you can. Here’s my thought for the day: Don’t dish out dirt if you can’t take getting slung with mud!

A Simple Act of Thank You


Thank you, Appreciation, Kym Moore and From Behind the Pen Blog

NOTE TO SELF:

Show someone a simple act of kindness and appreciation today by saying “Thank you.” You can’t imagine how a simple thank you can brighten someone’s day, regardless of what language it may be spoken in! Sometimes we tend to forget to do something so simple when someone shows us genuine courtesy.

Whether someone opens the door to a store and lets you go in ahead of them, beckons for you to merge into traffic in front of them, pays you a compliment, picks up something you dropped or helped you in any kind of way, show them a little kindness by simply saying THANK YOU!

Where am I?

Lost, Where Am I, Reflections, Meditation, Encouragement

Do you have those fabulous days when you feel on top of the world and everything is going your way? Then do you frown on other days when it feels like the world pushed you off the planet, leaving you bewildered, weak, abandoned, lost and defeated? At some point in everyone’s life, we may try our very best to do the right thing, but sometimes it feels like things just aren’t jelling as you planned or would like for them to. The thing to avoid is giving up, even when you may feel like you don’t have the strength or one ounce of fight left inside to do anything worthwhile.

Keeping the faith and hope is hard, but it is very possible, especially in the midst of some ferocious storms (and I don’t mean weather related either). In such moments, I have to pause, and just be still, to meditate and reflect. I know I need to make certain decisions, but if I try to be the “Fixer” when I am stepping out of order, and not listening to Divine guidance, then I could be headed over a cliff with failed brakes and no parachute.

Where am I? Sometimes I know, and at other times it seems like a great big blur. We have every right to have those downer days, when we feel off balance and can’t seem to get a grip on things. We can go there, but we can’t stay there, or it is quite possible we will never survive.

As we look out into the dense fog that mars clarity of vision and awareness, then we should close our eyes, take a deep breath and exhale slowly, deliberately and peacefully. It is then that we can possibly lower the temperature on our internal pressure cooker and some things just may eventually straighten themselves out.