GSW Peace Circles
Joys of Living as One
So often when we face rejection – rejection of our race, our beliefs or culture – we erect unconscious barriers which hide our true selves and cloud our vision of others. But in an exchange between two people, at least one person must be willing to keep an open heart, otherwise a wonderful and enriching opportunity to connect at a deeper level with another being may be lost. It's easy to misinterpret a tone of voice, or a facial expression if one is not initially willing to walk for a moment in the other person’s shoes.
I am no stranger to discrimination. I have found it everywhere, and among all peoples. But I believe that what a person focuses on becomes his or her reality. I have tried to focus on harmony, and that is what I've been fortunate to experience most of the time. Because of my philosophy of life, I have been told often that I deny reality; and those who have pointed accusing fingers are right in part. I cannot allow present realities to rewrite my history.
I blossomed on gentle ground. For in that brief moment in time, before the ritualistic dance of the superpowers stirred divisive winds, before the greed of our own 'protectors' shattered our country, scattering its progeny around the globe, the forces of change wove an intricate web of racial and religious tolerance among the people of GT, trapping its young in an alluring aura.
And I found later on in my travels that I, and my peers, had been given a precious gift: that of knowing the joys of living as one. It is a gift that we should share.
If there is light in the soul,
There will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
There will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world.
- Ancient Chinese Proverb
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