Division releases chaos.
Unity releases power.
It is so easy to get caught up in the discord that is happening in our nation today.
Who is right and who is wrong?
That is not the question.
In this world there will always be differing opinions. It's when we band together to take sides and separate ourselves that all the chaos takes place. Anger boils. Then violence.
I am naturally a very emotional person and sometimes take on others’ upset. It is hard for me to watch news and not get deeply involved, have a strong opinion and go directly into judgement. This never solves anything.
Early in my recovery from alcohol, I was taught to look for the similarities in other people, not the differences. To identify with them and not compare myself with others. To identify implies seeing likenesses. Comparing implies looking for better than or less than—judgement.
When I see the differences, I become “separate.”
When I see the similarities, I become “part of.”
The way out of the pit of isolation is to identify, be a part of, and to notice and feel similarities with others.
This empowers us. It helps us step out of judgement into acceptance. Taking this world as it IS, not as I would have it.
Find somebody, find the similarities and talk with them. In all aspects of your life. I think you’ll find that feeling of belonging. Then do it again. This kind of re-training our brains to come back together and find common ground is stepping toward unity again.
Practice it again — then, again. It's powerful.
You in yet?
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
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