Staying True to Yourself
The past week’s events in Paris threw the entire world into darkness. What became so evident to me during the news coverage was that it wasn’t just attacks in Paris, but attacks in Kenya this past Spring and attacks in Beirut just days before the Paris tragedies.
Of course, we all saw the political rhetoric that resulted and the fallout of what has become something of a perceived threat from a people that are simply wanting safety and security, just like the rest of the world.
I have my own viewpoint, and it is in opposition to some of my friends and readers, but there is one truth to which I have held. I am determined to stay true to myself. And I am determined to allow others to stay true to themselves as well.
Oh, I have been tempted to jump on the argument bandwagon many times. After all, Political Science is my training, and I have written research paper after research paper on the political implications of terrorism, religion, politics, and immigration.
Our world is in fear, and fear creates illogical and, often, irrational behavior. Through it all, each of us can only do what is in their hearts. We can hope that compassion and reason prevail; however, humans are human.
For myself, I know where my heart lies. I have studied and read on the intricacies of The human reaction to terrorism. I know how fear can seep into our consciousness and create anger and even hatred. We are seeing the results of that now.
Look deep within yourself, regardless of your beliefs and political thoughts. What does your heart tell you? Put yourself into the place of those in pain and hurt.
As my Native American ancestors have said, “Walk a mile in my moccasins.” As Jesus spoke, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Do not let fear over ride compassion. Remember that what has happened to others could happen to you.
As Buddha said, “The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?”
Only then can you stay heart centered through it all and stay true to yourself.
Camille is a poet, author, and artist with two books coming out soon. She leads women’s empowerment workshops and retreats focused on improving body image and teaching women to embrace their own beauty and sensuality. While the body of her work is in erotica and romance, she focuses on the strength of women and their inner voices. Kind hearted and loving, her motivation in writing and art is the beauty of women – all women!