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Monday, December 10, 2012

My Christmas Prayer: Acceptance

The hardest thing to do in all the world, is to accept your place in the world, especially if it is NOT what you expected, or what you really wanted. But if you did, this acceptance of your place in the world would fulfil the continuity of the patch of life that you nourish, including those who thrive because of it.





We all think someone like Mother Theresa is cool, but do we really believe her choice in life was a good one? Would we do it? Of course not! That was HER CHOICE... Really? No. She accepted where she was at that present time, where no one else would step up, BECAUSE no one else would step up...So, she accepted the job, regardless of how UN-glamorous it was.






Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know...those "Secret" followers, "positivists," "quantum leap-quantum heap," "just say YES" ... folks of the bright sun and silken moon, they do not agree with me.They will say: if you are where you are, even if you say it isn't, it's where you WANT to be...or you just don't know or want to know how to get higher than you are... well... There are turns in the road, and sometimes we take the one less traveled, not because we WANT to, but because it's best for those we love...


I'm here to tell you that all you bright flowered, golden-aired, ruby-lipped, rose-colored eye wear folks....are sorrowfully wrong. In fact, our world is in its present state because of such self-centered aristocratic wanna-be perfectionist attitude existentialists.



You see, if we all got exactly what we wanted, the world would topple over to one side because all "fallen" human beings want the same thing: money, power, fame, extravagance, ease and sensuality; a perfect family with no arguments or sadness; a surety that we can all be living forever with ne're a worry about anything at all... Sure, many of you will say: "No, that's not what I want, that's not true. We want happiness, joy, peace, a world of equality, etc., and so-sickeningly forth..." But the above list I first mentioned is how you define "happiness, joy, peace, a world of equality (for those who have, not the have-nots)..." No use in denying... 




When it's all said and done, and you're in your comfy bed at night, with visions of sugar plums in your dreams in your head, and deep deep down, in the quiet of your own heart, you can hear or see or FEEL the truth within you...YOU KNOW the truth, THAT is when you will agree with me...secretly.


If it was true that we only wanted the best for everyone, there would ALREADY not be a hungry child or animal in the world, or an abused child or pet; 




there wouldn't be divorces that grown-ups and children have to live through. There would be people loving each other even when they don't FEEL like it. There would be a warm hearth, rooms and beds with blankets, and playful puppies and kitties in every yard. There would be sweet-smelling fragrances from the porch coming forth to you from those lovely Jasmines, or honeysuckle bushes...and all our children and pets would be healthy because there would not be rich doctors who don't know a thing about medicine, but know about their stock and financial portfolios, instead...and everyone would be richer....



There wouldn't be BIG BANKS and FINANCIAL institutions that break the backs and hearts of all the lowly, while their board and the stockholders get richer, making a multitude of homeless...













That bright yellow halo you think is on your head.... it is a facade...Yet, we stubbornly and secretly believe: We are ultimately ALL on our own, and whatever happens to any of us that is not so lovely, we others turn our heads pretending we don't see this, and instead give lip service to: "well, you're not trying hard enough," or "well, you just need to pick yourself up," or "well, you'd do better if you left all those turkeys in your household behind" or "you're just a LOSER...". 


If THIS were NOT true there would never be one suicide, or murder, or drunk, or homeless person. Everyone would be available to help everyone else. But then, listen: 


Oh no! We cannot let anyone know if we have a problem: they will scold us, laugh at us, turn on us, give us a tongue lashing, wag their heads, close their eyes and snap their lips with disgust...


Everyone will be susceptible to failure at some time in their lives, and everyone is susceptible to being on the bottom of the economic hierarchy we pretend not to have... 


The truth is, everyone knows this is true, only SOME will be damned before they allow themselve to be there in the "poor" side of town, so they step on everyone else until they reach the top--and we admire those kinds of people, don't we? We must! We pay them large sums of money, give them praise, awards, accolades, help them use us and destroy our ability to move...up, down, or anywhere but where we are stationed.


So let's get back to acceptance so you can ask me why at this juncture. Why do we EVER just have to accept our place in the world? 


Sometimes, there are others in your life, those who you once chose and loved and cared about, but they have fallen behind for whatever reason, or just never got your rhythm. You still love them, but you cannot agree with them any longer, for you know that they are incapable of grasping what it is you wish to grasp; they are incapable of evolving into which you are attempting to evolve; they are incapable of making the next step up that you so shrewdly and desperately desire. So what do you do....Do you discard them for their lack of polish? Do you denounce them for having a small intelligence? Do you write them off as lazy, stupid, illiterate, slow? Do you pity them but turn away for their incapabilities and give them platitudes while you back away and disappear? Do you nag at their inability to understand your own elevated perception? In short...because they are NOT on the same page with you, do you condemn them so that you can exit yourself from them, so you don't have to be responsible for the committment you once gave them? Why else are there so many divorces, abandoned children and pets....and even in religious groups who profess to follow the greatest sacrificer of all, Jesus...


In a nutshell: we all like pleasure more than pain: it's that simple...frankly, it's the coward's way... run away then...

That would be easy wouldn't it, just leave. Just discard them, easy as pie. But what if when you leave, it wounds their emotions, their spirit; your leaving catapults them into despair and maybe even illness, or maybe even death? What if your leaving  them, destroys their trust in the world, or blurs their system of understanding, or makes them slow or lazy (because they are depressed and can't find the door out of it)? Do we owe anything to our weaker brother, or sister, or child, or pet? Or is that a lost continent or myth of belief, to love those more than yourself, much like the lost continent of Atlantis?


Here is where it gets cloudy and contentious. Many of those bright positivists and corporatists say: "Forget them! They wish to stay behind. Let them. They should have read the fine print, they should have figured it out before they went under; they should have been born in a better household, they should have made the money to make the money...We cannot give our lives away to those who can't 'keep up.'"


Oh really? Why can't we? Are we that much better human beings? What ever happened to "committment," "loyalty," "love..." Does anyone really know what those words mean anymore, besides when it refers to oneself? Why, there are many people who will tell you that they DO know, but they contradict their own definition by the way they treat those closest to them.


Do you really think Mother Theresa said: "I like living with these poor people, these incapable of buying and hoarding stock and greenbacks; these lost, hungry, broken, unhealthy children, these mindless, heartwrenching people of no account..." Seriously? Do you really think ANYONE really LIKES spending time in mud when they could have a palace in the sun or languish on a thriving meadow? I for one admit that pleasure is much better than pain...pleasure is easy; pain is hard...


But help me out here... if we ALL actually stayed in our places, the entire human race could experience a lifting, do you believe that could happen? But how, you say? By not only staying in your station" but learning to LOVE right where you are... Don't take the drug to forget where you are; don't eat that extra roll to hide the hunger inside your soul...feel the pain, do the right thing; provide and care for your weaker brother; love the one you committed to be with...


But some of us will always say: "who cares about those SLOWER to capture the best in life, like we who are better, stronger, lovelier.... Ahhh! Darwin's theory of Evolution, yes! That's it! Let's just let those ex-children, husbands, wives, pets, die on out! We will survive and be better without them, is that not what those positivists believe? 


We are in such a hurry to compete and be better than everyone else, that we don't notice we're going too fast for someone beside us. Why that is our American LOGO: Just DO IT. And Just DO IT for YOU--YOU DESERVE IT.


Seriously? Really? STOP! Stop it. Yield for a change. WALK with those who can only WALK, and not RUN. CARRY those who can't walk at all, maybe only for a little while...maybe for a while longer...maybe for your entire life...or theirs...(think about Ann Sullivan's sacrifice to give to Helen Keller, here...)


Christmas was meant for a reason. They say GOD is called Love...and Love was born on Christmas Day (doesn't matter which day it is) REAL LOVE was manifested through Jesus who gave and gave and gave...He is the reason for the season.





And Christ is the one who gave everything he had to make others comfortable. Horrible isn't it? He gave EVERYTHING for us--go figure.... THIS is where Mother Theresa got the idea from, y'know...





This Christmas try giving ONE DAY of your life, your ease, your comfort, your self-love, your money, your home, your food, anything you value that you think you "deserve" to have...and make it a deserving aspect in someone else's life; give it up to them, and maybe for more than this one holiday... maybe forever, like Mother Theresa did.... Give it to someone who needs it more than you do. I promise you, this isn't easy for me either. Let's see if we can actually love the entire world; the rich, the poor, the in between, just everybody! and share everything...



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