So many of us have lived our lives placing unmerited value on the opinions of others while discrediting our personal truth and reality. Breaking the shackles of people-pleasing requires honest self-appraisal, a healthy dose of self-esteem, and an enormous commitment to self-realization.
The wisdom seekers from ancient times offered to us these words as recorded in writings which were incorporated into the Old Testament of today’s Bible:
Thus says the LORD:
Share your bread with the hungry,
shelter the oppressed and the homeless;
clothe the naked when you see them,
and do not turn your back on your own.
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
“Then your light shall break forth….”
Is my beacon of hope and compassion breaking forth today? Is yours? How about the beacon of America? I know that I can do better, but I believe that America has lost its way. Granted there are many who continue to offer food, shelter, solace to the homeless and oppressed, but they are not the ones in power today, are they? Our government and, sadly, a handful of religious leaders seem to have forgotten that it has been immigrants who historically have made this nation a melting pot of ingenuity, intelligence and hard work. Perhaps we can live today as if that beacon of hope is shining brightly.
I AM LARRY – worthy, unique, loved