Exposed

gems, minerals, Lynn Greyling, Amethyst And Pebbles

Walk on by, dismiss my presence

I look ordinary, my body unnoticeable in a homeless encampment

yet all you see is your first impression of me

a morsel of nothingness, disregarded value in your sight

you didn’t notice and couldn’t see, to you I am like all the others

one day you pass by me, and someone helped to brush away my dirt

helped to clean me up and chipped away the rough edges

it was then that you noticed, came near, drawn to my amplified light

you sacrifice everything, bidding, yearning to be graced by my presence

I am exposed, layer by layer, a liberated gem born in the rough

you fought to get near me, I pitied your arrogance beneath me

but in my compassion, I am too valuable to treat you the way you treated me

now it is you who is exposed, shades of darkness consumed by greed.

Amethyst Gemstones Geode, Gem, Circe Denyer

Good Thoughts, Common Sense, Better World?

Piotr Siedlecki , good thoughts

Do you ever wake up on those days when you watch the news and just wish people drank a glass of V-8 and then magically formed a sliver of good

COMMON SENSE, COMPASSION, and LOVE

for the sake of humankind for the rest of the day? Just one day? Would a shot of liquor or moonshine be a better or worse substitute? Hmmm…

I can still daydream and wish upon a shooting star, can’t I?

🙂

The Misunderstood Banana

MALIZ ONG, Banana

In order to get our daily intake of non-medicinal potassium, we have a bunch of bananas sitting in the fruit basket on the island in our kitchen. We stopped by the store to get some more bananas because there was only one left. For some reason, it seems like the shelf life of fruit nowadays just does not last as long as they used to (whether organic or non-organic). Perhaps it’s just my imagination or maybe not.

But that last banana was beginning to ripen even more and my husband told me to eat it or use it for a banana split before it got completely mushy and we’d have to toss it. So this morning, as I was getting ready to pick up the banana, I noticed that it was a little disfigured. I hadn’t noticed it before because it was blending in with the other bananas I bought at that time. But now that it was ripening, I observed the details a little more and could see that it was a little distorted from the typical shape that we’d come to expect from a banana.

I picked it up, peeled it and took a bite, anticipating that the inside would taste differently based on its outward appearance. You know what? It didn’t.

We are different people but one of the same. You hear this often, but what does that mean? This banana was shaped slightly different and its coloring was deepening, but it tasted the same because it was still a banana. It may have come from a different part of the country and grown on its own banana tree, but it still remains a banana.

MALIZ ONG, Banana

We the people are just that…people…human beings…God’s children. We look different, sound different, act different, but if we are cut and bleed, our blood remains the same color and does not match our skin tone. Somehow, we manage to judge or vilify each other based on where we are from, how we look, what socioeconomic level we encompass, where we live, what we drive, what our political affiliation is, what our religious beliefs are, and how much our net worth is.

We misunderstand each other at times because we lack having a conversation to bring us to the ever-unfolding awareness of life and the beautiful diversity it offers. We seek guidance from our leaders (family heads, spiritual advisors, educators and administrators, commerce executives and government officials) to give us the type of leadership we need for establishing and maintaining unity, harmony, equality, understanding, productivity, love, giving and nurturing.

Perhaps if we look at and closely examine the misunderstood, just like I noticed with this banana, we will realize that our differences do not define us as we have orchestrated them to be. No matter how you peel it or what it looks like on the outside, a banana still remains a banana. Understand? 🙂

Your True Colors

Bird, Pheasant, Thinking, Petr Kratochvil

Sometimes we need not say anything in order for our true colors to shine through.

When everyone’s talking at the same time, who’s really listening? Just because you can say anything doesn’t mean that you should. Sadly, some individuals really don’t care how offensive, poisonous, and painfully degrading their words can pierce through the hearts of others and not blink an eye. Be mindful and think before you speak. As the old saying goes, “Junk in – junk out.”

If the Shoe Was on the Other Foot

Shoes on the Other Foot

What would you do if your situation was suddenly reversed
if you were rich today and in poverty tomorrow
if you had a full stomach today and hungry tomorrow
if you were in good health today and gravely ill tomorrow

if you were free today and enslaved tomorrow
if you had a privileged life today and disadvantaged tomorrow
if you had a family today, but suddenly lonely tomorrow
what would you do if your situation was suddenly reversed?

The idiom “If the shoe was on the other foot” means a role reversal where the advantage has shifted to the disadvantage. Nowadays we are so quick to point to others who don’t look like us, who have less than we do, who speak differently from us, and then we judge them and scorn them, simply by what we see and label them in an unsavory and dehumanizing category.

Feet

We separate ourselves from the circles of these “others” and remain in our own little snobby cliques. At the same time, we lose our humanity and compassion. Before you get so wrapped up into blaming others for their unfortunate conditions, before you judge people based on what they are wearing, driving, where they are living or the color of their skin, put yourself in their place for a moment and think about whether you would really be okay having someone treat or prejudge you as you treat and prejudge them.

I listen to people on their soapbox ranting and raving with their holier-than-thou comments and attitudes, then find that these very same individuals are speaking from both sides of their mouths and have more skeletons in their closets than a graveyard. Be mindful, because your tables can turn in a split second, changing your life forever.

If the shoe was on the other foot…what would your shoe look like or would you have any shoe on at all?

Shoes, boots

One Spontaneous Random Act of Kindness

Helping, Linnaea Mallette

Every day it seems like we hear about or witness horrifying acts of evil. How do we counteract the shadows and forces of darkness that seem to overwhelm our hearts with a heaviness of pain and fear?

Many points of light can pierce the depths of darkness. I know that I’ve written and spoken about this literally every week, but it seems like we can’t say it enough. We must allow our light to shine so that others may see our good works and be inspired to follow suit. We need not have to plan to do something nice for someone all the time.  There is always an opportunity standing before us mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually to do a random act of kindness sincerely.

No matter who you are, where you come from or what you look like, be that shining star of love, hope, joy, and peace that glows as bright as a full moon. Hate cannot win when the spotlight of love pierces it.

Has Social Media Created a Hostile Environment and Greater Divisiveness?

George Hodan, Hurt

Ok, I know I’ve written about this topic before, but somehow it seems to grow increasingly questionable regardless of the subject or trending hashtag. Have you noticed how much certain social media channels (I won’t name them but you probably already know who they are) now produce more self-proclaimed psychoanalysts, therapists, theorists, experts on just about every topic, judges, juries, and executioners, than ever? Critics are coming out of the wazoo spouting painful and insensitive comments left and right, up and down. Just because you think it, doesn’t mean you have to say it.

Insults. There are more attacks on people’s looks, their children or other family members, what they wear, their size, their age and a whole lot of other “isms” that follow. What has happened to human compassion and our nature to treat others with more respect and less barbaric? While social media was created to be conduits to connecting, encouraging, engaging, learning and sharing, somehow such platforms have created a new level of unprecedented bullies!

Why? Is it simply because you can and do have freedom of speech to say so? Just remember, actions have consequences. You will reap what you sow, and your flammable words and behavior can sooner or later turn out to be a very dangerous and tragic harvest to reap. Let’s remember that words matter just as much as actions do. With social media platforms that have brought so many people together, we must stop weaponizing, demonizing and polarizing the positive aspects of social media engagement with razor-sharp defamation through personal attacks in 140 characters or less.

Sensitive, Piotr Siedlecki, Social Media