Beacons – October 21 2020

Beacons – October 21 2020

Every time I go in to work, I try to be positive. I say hello. Some of them say hello back. Sometimes some don’t. I try not to take it personally. And then I sit down and these two [who share my work space] just go. They have something negative to say about everybody and everything. And I can’t help it. I just soak it up. It’s exhausting.

Anonymous Person at Anonymous Job

 

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Martin Luther King Jr., 

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

 

It is a truism that if my happiness is dependent upon the behavior of another, the fight is over before it even begins. I’m toast. I am doomed to being a victim.

 

But what about when we feel at the mercy of others? We can’t change their behavior. And just trying not to not be involved doesn’t help. Their negativity is affecting me. To ask them to stop can be very off-putting, as if I am seeing myself as superior.

 

But we are not helpless.

 

If someone begins to talk (negatively) about someone else, we might say something like, ‘well, they can’t be all bad,’ or ‘gee, I wonder what happened to her to make her like that, because she couldn’t always have been so selfish/mean/superior, right?’ We interject one thing which maybe will help to move the conversation in a different direction. 

 

Or, we can simply change the subject.

 

It helps to remember that consciousness is one thing. What we bring to any interaction, every exchange, affects the whole. If we meet the judgment of others with judgment of our own, we simply build the monster of judgment. In both of us. If we bring love and acceptance into the field of judgment, it begins to change. We affect those around us. Like a cup filled with dirty water, as we pour clean water in, the water in the cup will slowly become purified until eventually, it will be crystal clear. 

 

We can be beacons. We can walk into every situation shining the light that is within us, rather than taking on the apparent darkness that surrounds us. Others may turn away from it, but that is their choice. They will be affected by our light regardless. And we will be living from our true self. We will be training ourselves to give, always, and never to take; to shine, rather than to soak up. 

 

This is how the universe operates. This is how we are meant to operate. We walk into the room with our fulfillment intact, knowing that no one can possibly add to or take away from who we are and what we are.

 

Today I will shine more brightly than yesterday.

Glasses, 8×10 tintype, Downtown Photo Collective