“They blame those who remain silent, they blame those who speak much, they blame those who speak in moderation. There is none in the world who is not blamed” ~ The Buddha
“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” ~Amelia Earhart How true this saying is. Whatever peace has been achieved in this world has been created by men and women who have shown great courage. Not only did they risk their lives, but many gave their lives for the cause they championed. Along the way they also suffered ostracism and persecution. But they could do no other.This is the physical reality of Say Yes to Your Spirit. It is the lived-out drama of what it means to dance in God. And the world has changed. Racism, sexism, homophobia, witch burning, slavery, and many more exploitations have shriveled in the world, although they have not been completely obliterated, because great men and women showed courage. Celebrate the power of the heavenly Spirit. I affirm courage in my life.” Say yes to your spirit ©2008 Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Health Communications, Inc.
As I have written before, I do not believe in coincidences anymore. Today is no exception. I stumbled on the daily reflection above when I went to one of my social media groups to edit a post I made. Today, this quote and daily reflection go perfectly hand in hand.
There has been an ever growing divide in America and humanity around the world. It’s not only by race, creed, sex, sexual identity, socio-economics, politics, etc. It is also seen in those who’ve been enlightened and those who see the truth of this world. These are the people of courage that Leo Booth speaks of.
When most people think of courageous people they think of the men and women in military service or police officers. They are definitely the ones who peacefully stand up in the face of serious adversity, criticism and ridicule in the name of peace. They take a stand despite being ostracized and persecuted. They risk their lives and have given their lives whether it’s physically or symbolically. Allow me to elaborate a bit.
We all know the sacrifice our military and police officers make every day. They put on their uniforms, go to work and they risk not coming home alive whether they travel the world or our community streets. Their families support them as they do their jobs never knowing if they’ll come home from work – every day. I’m sure some of you can appreciate the feeling of sending your spouse of 5, 10, 20 or more years to work and they suddenly die. They show a courage not of their own too.
I know this. My ex husband went to the Middle East when we were married. I worried about him every single day the whole time he was there even when he told me not to. These brave men and women are the first people we think of who’ve paid the price for our peace and freedom.
Imagine for a moment that they were not around. What would our world look like without them? Imagine for just a moment if we had no military service during any of the wars that we’ve been involved with since this country began. Imagine if we had no police officers to arrest the criminals who rob, rape, sell drugs and murder our families and loved ones.
There are others who show courage and also pay the price for peace and freedom. They are the ones who go out in the streets and peacefully protest. They also speak to groups of people, write songs and articles. They use their talents to take a stand for peace in the face of serious adversity, criticism and ridicule in the name of peace. They face others who wish to shut down their events and their freedom to speak out against the hate. They are criticized and ostracized and even beaten into submission, yet they refuse to submit. They are called racist, bigot, homophobe, misogynist and other things that are inappropriate to write. I have seen the angry, hateful people do these things to these peaceful protesters – including their family and friends. Many have lost family and friends because of their beliefs.
“Why do they do this? Why do they subject themselves to all of that ridicule and criticism?”
Quite simply because they don’t follow the crowd. “Racism, sexism, homophobia, witch burning, slavery, and many more exploitations have shriveled in the world, although they have not been completely obliterated, because great men and women showed courage.” Some of those great men and women are people like Rosa Parks, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Abraham Lincoln, etc. This is just a handful of people who have shown courage. There are many, MANY, others thru the centuries. Were all of these people without flaws? Of course not. That’s not what’s important. What is important is what they did in their later years of life.
And while there are people who “…blame those who remain silent…speak much… or speak in moderation…”, there are others who continue to be courageous champions for peace. If you know someone who fits into what described as a courageous person, instead of mocking and ridiculing, them encourage them. Give them the confidence in themselves that they may need to be a warrior of peace.
Thought for the day: Peacekeepers, wherever you may be in the world, the time is now. Rise up and rise above the hate that is directed at you. Mother Earth and all of humanity needs you!
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