Written November 21, 2014(edited 2016)
“When all is said and done…there will still be more to say and do, never give up!! Our Prayers, Intentions, Compassion, and Love are stronger than intolerance, bigotry, ignorance, lies and greed!!” ~Doug
Something to ponder…
For the purpose of this Reflection I’m going to directly refer to the 2016 Presidential Election and the events that have happened since November 9th, 2016
The presidential election is over for another 4 years, and so are the elections for Britain to leave the EU. The people have spoken their minds by voting. It’s the democratic way of doing things in our countries, however, there is still so much more to say and do. There are large groups of people who are not happy with the outcomes. Much of the anger I believe is fueled by fear of the future, rather fear of change. And this is understandable. I’ll admit I’m afraid of the future myself. Nobody really likes change and I bet if more people admitted it, they’d say they get at least a little scared about stuff that could happen in the future.
If anyone has ever watched political debates – whether local, national, or school politics? There are even political type debates in social clubs. If you do watch any type of debate, you’ll notice that people often say or do sneaky and underhanded things so that their opponent looks bad and doesn’t win.
Granted, this election was exceptionally foul and nasty but looking at past debates of any kind, I have just one question. If the person or group you wanted to win ended up losing, did anyone protest, riot, skip work or school? Did anyone curl up in a ball crying, ask for their blankie and some hot cocoa, or get a therapy pet? The answer is no. Why? Because in life, meant of us know that there are winners and losers.
Life, like it or not, is a competition and there are winners and losers. Not everyone gets a trophy or whatever prize they are going for. Believe it or not, the old saying is true. It’s not important whether you win or lose the game. What is important is how you play the game.
Politicians are famous for saying one thing to get you to vote for(or against them) then they change after getting into office. There have been plenty of times in the past where the much public has been nervous about the future or the changes that the new president who was elected will do. There are also examples when the newly elected president has actually been great. How many times in history have there been protests or riots by the losing team? I can’t think of any, at least in America.
Given these facts, does it make sense to continue the protests and riots? Does it make sense to have a temper tantrum like you did as a child? I want each and every person reading this to try something today. Try to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Think of how you’d feel if your candidate did win and the people who lost were doing exactly what you are doing right now. How would you feel? What would you think or say? Yes, there’s been a lot of foul and nasty things said and done.
We all need to work on forgiveness and squash this hatred – on ALL levels and in ALL villages, towns, cities, states and countries. This will be the only way we can achieve peace for ourselves and future generations. We have to ask ourselves if this is how we want to live. We are ALL equal in the eyes of our Creator, or what ever name you choose to call him. Let’s start to bring peace in the world by starting to practice Spiritual Principles like Forgiveness, Tolerance, Acceptance, and Universal/Brotherly/Unconditional Love.
Thought for the day: As it was said back in the 60’s and 70’s – Make Love Not War.