The human body would look pretty strange if it were made completely of hands wouldn't it? Not to mention it would probably be completely useless functionally. It takes multiple unique parts working independently of each other, yet in distinct harmony and fluidity to make our bodies function as they do. Why then, do we ignore this theory in life?
We've all heard the same thing time and time again about love, equality, and the value of others, yet daily we still see the proof of hate and a stubborn unwillingness to listen to those outside of our typical circle of influence.
In the past three years of my journey I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people, and this has caused me to take a good hard look at how I have silently judged, blocked out, and ignored others in the past. Our circle of influence can have the dangerous side effect of teaching us that those outside the circle are wrong, confused, or even unable to teach us anything of value.
One of the most powerful examples of this was found in my encounters with those outside of my personal spiritual beliefs. I really don't like the idea of putting a broad label on my personal belief, but if I must, then I am a " Christian". Now before you get angry and think I am "denying Christ" by not wanting to be called a Christian or anything like that let me explain. There are millions of Christian churches in the world, who all call themselves Christians. For me to think for a second that all of our personal beliefs line up 100% is absurd. That being said I believe it's dangerous to be "labeled". My spiritual journey is personal and special to me, and I don't want the stigma that goes along with the "labels" our society places on religions to tarnish something I hold so dear. When we become part of something so large and powerful as one of these labels it's very easy to be influenced by the voice of the group and not our own. Due to the "my way or the highway" compliance agreement that many of these labels are clothed in, it teaches those under those teachings that we shouldn't value the opinion of those outside of the circle. In the past three years I have learned some amazing truths from Buddhists, Agnostics, Atheists, and many others that I once may not have taken the time to learn from. Does this mean that I have denied my beliefs and followed theirs? Nope. It means I have finally become aware to the reality that we all have a lot to learn, and the answers to a lot of the hard questions might be found OUTSIDE of our circle of influence.
The same can be said of any circle... Working moms, stay at home moms, heterosexuals, homosexuals, democrats, republicans, and so many more. We talk about love, serving others, and acceptance like we want to achieve it, but we treat it as if it's a pink unicorn that we will never find. The unicorn is right there! In the mirror. WE have to be the love we want to find in the world. Think long and hard about what truth you can teach. Think even longer and harder about what truths you can learn, and from whom you can be taught.