The Power Within
A few years ago, I was walking in a city with a few girlfriends when we spotted a homeless man sitting on a bench. He was doing nothing, he just sat there with his belongings, when the girls I was with started in on this tirade about how homeless devalue the community and how they are all lazy, gross and probably addicts.
I was shocked and responded in complete sarcasm stating maybe we should round up the homeless, put them on a bus and ship them elsewhere or put them in some tent cities, when they stopped and in all seriousness agreed and said what a good idea it would be.
I was stunned silent for a moment and had a choice at hand. We were having a nice day and wondered if I really wanted to ruin it. I could just nod my head at a horrendous idea, let them think I was serious and go to dinner.
Or I could be true to myself. I could tell them it was a preposterous suggestion and that the desire to discard another human like trash to brighten up the community would be a crystal clear reflection of their ugly souls and lack of humanity.
We all have an immense power that lives inside us. Sometimes it is buried by fear, by a desire to be accepted, by funny ideals or it can be beaten down by factors in our environment.
That power helps define who we are and who we can be. It is the ability to do, to create, to believe. The capacity to exert your prowess and what you believe in, know and share with those around you. Power is not exclusive to political or authority figure heads. They are after all simply human. People choose to listen to them, choose to vote for them, choose to engage with them and support them because they dare to speak their minds, share what is on their minds and most importantly open a dialogue, no matter how uncomfortable it may be.
Power can be abused, it can be overused, people can twist and manipulate others with the promise of power. It can also bring attention to topics that need to be discussed or debated.
We cannot look at and in the world, our world, and see the injustices, inconsistencies, and wrong doings and wonder why nothing changes.
We need to stand up for ourselves and refuse to quiet ourselves. We need to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. We need to advocate and be an activist for what we believe in. We need to be brave and confront the ugly and bad in the world even if that means standing up to our friends and family. It may seem disheartening and impossible, but by simply choosing to open our mouths we may help open their minds.
We need to be able to call on the strength and power that resides within us and rely on it to help us be who we are, without shame. We need to be able to trust it and use it as wisely as we can. We need to be able to recognize our power and what it can do for us and the world around us.
I chose to call upon my inner power that day. And was very unpopular in my views.
But that's okay. It just helped me realize who I was and who they were and that I had the courage and power to say what was in my heart rather than to simply go along with the crowd.
There are too many injustices, too many things we think are wrong with this world, that continue because we simply keep our mouths shut, we turn the other way, or we just nod our heads in false agreement and deny the power we have within to bring about any change.
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