Thoughts on Labor Day – America is already pretty great
by Shiela Reed
Despite our mistakes (for which we continue to learn) America is already great… (thanks John McCain for reminding us of this)
As I personally reflected on the funeral services of Senator McCain, I was reminded of a belief I have always carried deep in my heart. We must truly LOVE at our core, to be able to grow through hard times. I must love myself, despite my short comings and be willing to grow, while along the way I need to feel HOPE for what lies ahead. When we are in that kind of “divine space”, we naturally can show this same graciousness to others. This is true of my own journey as well as the path of my country/nation.
We have MUCH to be thankful for and much to continue to learn and grow from. When we choose to focus on how far we have come by accepting and acknowledging our “mistakes”, misguided choices, and need to “remember” ALONG WITH having goals, visions for “better”, and HOPE for the future, we can be united.
If we choose to focus ONLY on the mistakes or how far we still have to go or have a desire to “erase” our history, we will tend to be divided.
It is much like our own individual energetic work, if we become stuck in the past, we will tend to be “depressed” as we lament over “what could have or should have been”. It’s an ego illusion and trap. Just as if we become so focused on the future there is a tendency to become overly anxious, nervous and fearful. Another ego trap… both of which cause us to miss opportunities we have today.
As with anything, there is a need for balance of the two. We cannot have a “peaceful” life of our own if we do not find our way to our hearts center and allow for the two to become one… yes, we want memories and we want to “learn” from our past. We would not want to ignore or “erase” those realities nor do we want to become “stuck” there as if they were the “best of days” only – otherwise we limit and stifle what comes next and the possibilities of “newness” in our future. At the same token, we evoke fear if we only worry about the future and thus try so hard to “control” everything in it’s pursuit.
Maybe instead of always pointing out the “bad”, the mean, the hate… we could focus more on the “good”, the kindness, and the love that is all around us. Again, yes, it may not be “wise” to ignore an obvious “negative” situation and to “defeat” it and decrease the growth of it, for which the “light” may need to be shined upon it by “calling it out”… but it is THE WAY in which it is done and from where WE individually CHOOSE to do it… the spirit of our intentions is what will guide the growth of the outcome.
If it is out of love, then even the firmest of stances are heard and felt differently than of it is from an ego illusion based place of fear, hate, and/or judgement.
So on this US holiday for which we tend to reflect as both a nation and as individuals, I share my own hope that we all are able to be “open” enough to hear our hearts and share a deeper level of love that embraces commonality rather than division. We can be firm in our ” heart based boundaries” with love and kindness. We can very much coexist even with differences.. after all, that is what makes us truly humbly grateful within ourselves and ultimately great together.