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.

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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?

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Are We Creating Our Own Homegrown Extinction?

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It’s hard to completely ignore daily current events taking place around the world, especially those in your own backyard. It appears that we are constructing, contaminating and saturating our minds, body, and spirits with internal grenades that are desecrating our wellbeing. Are we building unjustifiable internal bombs based on dictatorial and hateful external factors? Are we orchestrating the destruction of ancestral bridges that led to our current existence by annihilating the ability to build futures, and to be fruitful for generations to come?

At one point when I would watch the news on television, it was refreshing to stay abreast of world affairs and seeing the beauty and opportunity of what those places we’ve never been to have to offer. Through the years, little by little we are being fed a gradual change in narratives shining the spotlight on the ugly diabolical face of what and who we have become. Have we created ginormous monsters that are eating us alive from the inside out, numbing our will to feel with hope, compassion, love and the fulfillment of happiness?

After watching the news about the recent terror attacks in New Zealand last week, I once again watch flabbergasted and in total disbelief. The rhetorical questions still linger from our lips each time something so heinous happens, regardless of which part of the world it occurs.

Are we becoming aliens due to our well-crafted, self-inflicted operation of warfare against each other? Are we the true masterminds behind the killswitch to our own destiny by becoming Creation’s next great extinction? Let’s face it, the survival instincts in the animal kingdom pale in comparison to our “civilized” society. Where is the wisdom to prevent the thought of such extinction? Could humanity be rediscovered and respect for life recovered if we would only step out of the ring of intensified and unwarranted prejudices? Where is wisdom in all of this?

Ah, wisdom. We seek it but it does not flourish in the physical materialistic sphere we exist in. It is not something we can buy, or store in a bottle on a shelf. Wisdom is not temporal but lasting and fruitful. Wisdom is knowledge, along with understanding and prudence. Can opening our eyes, ears, and hearts to wisdom save us from self-destruction and extinction?

Let Your Light So Shine

Circe Denyer, Philanthropy, Humanity, Light, Soul, Spirit

When darkness falls across the land, where is your light? Where is our light in the murkiness of injustices that never seem to go to sleep? Injustices, deception, and human-causing disasters aren’t something new but have been going on since life’s existence. Yet, does this mean that just because it has existed for generations, are we to flippantly turn a deaf ear and blind eye to what is currently going on when we have the ability to stop it?

During these enormously challenging times, we still find people with caring hearts and compassion for their fellow man and woman, regardless of their race, creed, gender, religious, economic or political affiliation. Here, these folks allow their lights to shine without pomp and circumstance. They rise to the occasion to help and not hinder.

Right now, I think about the 800,000+ government workers who may be facing another furlough in the next three weeks. I think about non-government employees and the unemployed trying to find a job in order to make an honest living, to maintain some sense of dignity, and support their families. I think about poverty-stricken families, military veterans, and senior citizens who are held hostage by backlogs of paperwork and glitches in a broken system. It’s hard to see light when you’re amassed by dreaded darkness and feelings of hopelessness.

People who get ‘it’ bring that light of hope which shines without fanfare to help the struggling bleeding hearts who feel no one really cares, even if the helpers are struggling too. We reach down in our hearts of compassion to feed, shelter, nurture, listen and respond without judgment.

Each of us is equipped with a diverse gift and unique talent to shine our light in a place where darkness falls, just as a full moon pierces the night sky lending visibility to paths that could not be seen. Let your light so shine that others may see and experience your good works so they too will be inspired to pay-it-forward.

Imagine All the People of the World Living As One

People, Unity

Image: Francisco Farias Jr

As I reflect on the great polarization that has saturated our lives whether economically, culturally, geographically, politically, racially, religiously or educationally, this great divide and bias did not just begin a few years ago, although it seems to have grown exponentially. This has been going on for centuries now. We’re just more acutely aware of its impact because the coverage of such polarization is witnessed on broader channels of influence globally.

I believe there are more of us calling for peace, harmony, and love around the world, in spite of the loud clatter of division we hear coming from divisive and systemic poisonous tongues. I recall the song “Imagine” written by the late John Lennon, was the antithesis of a call to arms that we hear echo by every generation. We may be dreamers, but we are not the only ones. I do hope someday we will live as one. Listen…

The Shackled: Will You Stand or Will You Sit?

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Will you stand up for the oppressed? Will you really?

Would you courageously face the unabashed wrongfulness perpetrated by the status quo, and say NO to the hands of power and prominence that seek to destroy those who are exploited or destitute?

Could you stand silently and watch self-loathing tormentors shackle, cripple and dehumanize a targeted populace, and be comfortable with that?

Will you stand up to defend those who suffer from grave injustices, or will you sit down, muted, and spectate as the injustices unfold?

What If Wednesday: Strengthening Humanity

Humanity

Image Credit: James Childs

Civilization. What if the quality of our existence depends on how we treat people outside our tribe? Where would we be without people?

Remember humanity and reflect on how you want to be perceived and treated as a person. In our pursuit in all areas of happiness, we have the power to unite and strengthen humanity when we stop labeling, trolling, bullying and stereotyping innocent people. Simply remember the elements of decency and respect we want to receive from others and then imagine how much better uniting humanity would be for our health, our world and our spirit. What if?

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Thankful for Generous Hearts

Thanksgiving, Thankful, gratitude

We are grateful for people who give from their hearts and not out of obligation. We are grateful for those who feed a need without expecting anything in return. We are grateful to those who love unconditionally, forgive wholeheartedly and encourage generously. We are thankful for the good we see in humanity and humanitarianism.

As we think about the gifts we’ve been given, the blessings that flow to our tables and our hands, and reflect on those who are suffering, who seek simple things like food, water, and a safe place to stay in order to survive, we pray Oh Lord, let Thy Will be done.

Have an amazing gratitude-filled day!