It Begins With Me
Labels, labels, labels. Everyone is labeled: Black, White, Asian, Latina, Them, Us, Christian, Atheist, and many more. Do we use labels to define who we are? Or do we use labels to separate ourselves from everyone else?
What if we were to remove these labels from our consciousness and focus on our similarities? Would there be peace between people with different ethnic backgrounds? Could we be a more peaceful world if we focused on our commonalities and worked to rise all nations? I know this may be a big task, yet this task can begin with me.
The use of labels to define a group of people has been around for thousands of years; to change this mindset may be a challenge. Look where the label mindset has brought us. Each person has the ability to release the belief that those who speak a different language are somehow different, wrong or do not belong. If you were to travel to a foreign country with an uncommon language, you are not suddenly stupid because you do not speak their language. Also, they may eat unusual food, this does not mean you should label them. We use these experiences as a way to judge people we may know nothing about.
When we think of all of the labels we place on other people, realize that you are the definition of someone’s label, you are the image of someone’s stereotype. How does this make you feel? They know very little about you, but they judge you because of a label that someone in their life has placed on you.
How do we change this behavior to reach a more peaceful world? It begins with you and me. If we were to release our need to label people and begin to see them as people doing their best, maybe we could experience a more peaceful atmosphere around the globe. Is this too simple for such a large powerful subject? Give it a try. The next time you are in town, try to see others as having similar aspirations as you. Look for the commonalities that each of you have and begin to interact with them through this new awareness. You may be surprised at how many similarities you have with those you have judged unfairly.
The crux to releasing any judgement you may have, is to discover and release any labels you may have placed upon yourself. The transformation will be powerful in bringing you closer to accepting yourself for who you truly are, which is not the label you place upon yourself.
Judgement is a large factor in placing labels on other people. Why? Because there is very little truth in any judgement, we judge without seeing this person or group of people, through our similarities.
At the core of all people is love, though many would deny this powerful truth. When we begin to experience the love that is within ourselves, then we will begin to affect the world in positive ways. The task becomes, can we love those who pray, eat or speak differently than us? If the answer is no then what are we afraid of? If the answer is yes, then we can begin to break down the barriers that labels place on people around the world.
We return to you, me, and millions of other people who want world peace. None of us want to be boxed in by a label. We all want to find love, inner peace, and a civil world landscape. If these aspirations are too large, can we accept that those who appear different than us want a chance to live in peace and harmony as well? The difference between them and you is that you may have placed them in a box that does not speak to their truth as humans.
I know that if I am in a good place emotionally, without the need to label other people, I can share the love I have for myself, by the simple act of a smile or a kind word. The smile on my face and the love in my heart will ripple out to the world as a sign of compassion, as I choose not to place anyone in a box with a label.
Does this sound too simple for the complex world we live in? It may be for some. For me love, kindness, and compassion are all I truly have. And because of this, these are the tools I will use to bring peace to the world, one kind word, one smile at a time. With one less label.
Article by Paul Hudon channels a higher consciousness that he calls his Inner Voice. He is currently putting the finishing touches on two books he has written with his Inner Voice. Read more by Paul at: paulhudon.blogspot.com