Change is inevitable. People come and go. Water ebbs and flows. The sun rises and sets. But time goes on. Tomorrow is a new day, a new start to life.
Happiness and sadness, confidence and fear, uncertainty and hope; these feelings become apparent when new leadership is established among us, especially after what transpired in the recent U.S. presidential election. Half the people felt one way while the other half felt another. How do we mend a nation, a people, that is ever so divided?
For us who are in disagreement with the results of the election, we have to come to accept things that are beyond our control. Reality is what we make of it. We can choose to live life following the guidance of our leader or not. For those who are in support, their realities are invested in the reality and vision of their leader. For those who are not in support, their realities are one of opposition and perhaps, struggle.
Sometimes we are placed in a predicament and forced to choose one way or the other. It is easy to follow the mass and accept their reality as your own. But what about for those who are self-aware and unwilling to compromise their integrity, morals and values? When going against the grain, beating the system, or escaping the matrix becomes impossible, how do we live?
One way is to escape and live in the remoteness of the wilderness, but that is not practical for many. The other way is to embrace change and re-invent ourselves in the process, while taking action to uphold our integrity and dignity. External stimuli forces us to adapt and become smarter and stronger. It has always been that way since the dawn of civilization.
Do not ever feel that you are powerless. No matter the external conditions that wear you out, the burden that weighs you down, the chains and fetters that hold you back, they cannot put out the fire that burns inside you if you do not allow it. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
The art of passive resistance, compassion and forgiveness.
If put in a predicament that compromises your integrity, take a stand and resist passively. Responding with aggression will just breed more trouble. In the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., exercise passive resistance with forgiveness and compassion, for humans are imperfect and often misguided by “other people’s reality”.
Instead of submitting to anger, frustration, and hatred towards change, tap into your innate abilities and creative energies to help navigate through life. Let compassion, love, kindness and forgiveness be the light that guides you. Let that be the paintbrush that you use to paint the empty canvas and give life its vibrant colors.
A meaningful life is always possible. Do not give up when mistakes are made. Learn from failure, for it is the best teacher. We are born again tomorrow.
Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. – Henry Ford
Compassion, love, kindness, and forgiveness are the embers waiting to ignite the “separated” twigs and branches fallen from their Tree once they come in contact.
Breathe in and breathe out. Flow naturally and live gracefully.