“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they are not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” – Dalai Lama
I truly believe that different things are right for different people. We are all unique individuals and we have all experienced different things in this life. These unique experiences and our reactions to them create our unique realities and personalities. It would be unreasonable and unrealistic to expect that we would all agree on everything and all believe the same things about life. And honestly, if we did….what a sad and boring world it would be. It would be like taking all of the different colors out of the world. Can you imagine living in a black and white world void of color, or a world pained in red or blue, but void of all other colors?
I try to honor the beliefs and opinions of others, even when they don’t align with mine. When I am confronted with a disagreement of opinion or belief I try to look at it from the other person’s point of view. Often, I can honestly say that I am happy for that individual because they have found a path or truth that is meaningful and uplifting for them and others, even if it does not align with my beliefs. Again, just because we are on different roads does not mean we either of us are lost.
However, this becomes difficult when someone’s beliefs or opinions make other people wrong or inferior. This goes against what I deeply believe to be true, and unfortunately, it happens all the time. I am not going to lie; it is a constant struggle to see people disrespecting each other just because they don’t agree.
Sometimes, I have to remind myself to always be kind. It is ok for me to simply say, I disagree with you, and that is ok. I am not here to change your opinion or belief.” I might even add, “Please do not disrespect mine, simply because it is different than yours.”
I would also like to add, there are exceptions to every rule. When someone’s beliefs or opinions hurt or oppressed others, the thing that is most kind, is to stand up and defend those being affected. But even then, people will often use this as an excuse to speak their mind in an unkind way. My experience in observing these occurrences is that, it often escalates a situation without resolving anything. I don’t have all of the answers and I am not pretending to. I don’t know how to resolve these kinds of issues, but I would like to believe that it could be done with compassion.
I would like to end on a positive and kind note. I don’t expect everyone to agree with this perspective and that is okay. Thankfully we live a beautiful world full of color, diversity, and creativity. My wish today is that we celebrate our differences while remembering that we are kind, we are compassionate, and we are love.
Namaste – My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty, and peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things WE ARE UNITED, WE ARE THE SAME, WE ARE ONE.