Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Divided Lines

I don't like get into politically challenged topics. But, this one has been on my mind and uttered by my friends, family and everyone in between. This new, what I call a forced acceptance of the allowance of marriage. Now understand, I have no issues with whom you should or should not be married to. It is when someone asks your opinion on how YOU feel on the subject and then, then their noses are bent on YOUR opinion.

Keep in mind, it is not in my nature to judge or to be allowed to be judged by others for what I believe or don't believe. My opinion is just that an opinion. Nothing more, for which, I don't judge you for yours. I honor it....why? Because I honor and respect you for what you have to say. Even if I don't agree with it. If I didn't, I would not of asked for it.

It is this division that people forget. It is what we have fought for and millions have died for. Lives are destroyed and bonds are forged on opinions. These divisions continue to places wedges against father against father, mother against mother, fathers against sons, sons against fathers, mothers against daughters...friend against friend....and so on and so forth. Till ultimately race against race and nation against nation. Do you get the idea?

If we don't honor or respect the words uttered from someone, we turn to hate, division, and hostility. All  things that we tend try to avoid. Doesn't the human race get it? *shakes head* 

Normally I would say someone out there will get it. But down deep, daily we do this. For instance, let's take a trip to the grocery store. Let's take a look at what's in the grocery basket. Have you looked at someone and made judgements about what they have in the cart? I will admit I have. But I have to remind myself, that those items are their choices. Does that make them bad? your eyes. They are still a human being.

Now, don't get me wrong, there are many people who stray from the cart and make choices that we or should I say "I " would not choose for me or my family. I cannot condemn them for what I consider as a staple in their lives. The only right I have is to worry about what goes into my cart. If someone else offers or I ask for it, it is up to me to decide if I take it. If I don't, no harm no foul people. Same with opinions.

My step dad told me a bit of advice many many years ago. Advice (this goes for opinions) is free. It is up to you to decide if it will work for you. Then few years later I was offered a good one to my stepdad's, when hearing advice (again opinions included), you can A, B, C or D them. A, accept it. B, borrow it. C, change it to your advantage. Or D them, in which you destroy them.

It is up to you. If you ask for an opinion or advice, prepare yourself for their answer. Don't judge them, because you opened that door to honor and respect them for who they are. Understand, I may write something that you may not agree with or fully understand at this point in time. But I do ask, respect and honor me for who I am. Not for what I believe in, which includes how I feel. You won't see me breaking a stick over your head, because you opinion is definitely different from mine. It may upset me, but changes nothing about who you are and why I like you.

Thanks for reading this, which as for my opinion on the nuptials of others. That is your choice not mine, I am truly happy for you. For you have found love and connection. Congratulations to you and many blessings. Just please understand it's just not for me to change my Facebook pix to reflect a rainbow choice. I try to stay neutral for many reasons.....two are....I honor and respect you for who you are, not by the items in your cart. Peace and blessings!

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