Today has been a real funny day for me. Perhaps it’s the Mercury Retrograde that is having an effect on my emotions. Maybe it’s just that I’m angry at struggling lately while crazy appears to prosper….who knows? We all have periods in our life where we are feeling the need for some perspective.
After reading an article that was poorly written, rather hostile, condescending and supported by most, I thought to myself that I had enough. I was either going to break all barriers or just quit altogether. The latter wasn’t an option because quitting is never an option when you enjoy something so profoundly.
I have never tolerated bullying in any form. When a person feels the need to categorize a group of individuals with ignorant words – yep, you’re a bully!
Ignorance is Contagious
I chose to ignore the ignorance! It’s just noise. The secret lies by understanding that their ignorance is their problem. The more I ignored though, the more I seen the message being sent out. I was like “Really? They support this format of writing which completely crosses the line of bullying? Some of these people depend on those targeted to make money! REALLY?”
As I was shutting down my computer to try and get some sleep tonight, I received an email informing me of a Facebook message from an old colleague. It’s about the powerful words of a great leader who guides his tribe with words of wisdom during times of trouble. It is absolutely amazing! After reading Tecumseh’s advice, I sat back and thought about the hateful remarks and the hordes of people supporting it.
I quickly succumbed to the conclusion that had the article been written with class and dignity, then perhaps I could have agreed with some of the points. However, since it was said in such a way where many were targeted, I felt pity for those people and those who felt that they needed to applaud the article all the while supporting the ignorant bullying format that it was written.
Ignorance is contagious where only the strong minded will find another direction or keep a still tongue
Great leaders do not succumb to ignorance or hateful remarks about others. Great leaders help others find their way through the trials of life without judgement.
John’s Post Tonight
I am not sure if you have seen the new movie Act Of Valor played not by actors but real Navy Seals. At the end of the movie I read the stirring words of the great Native American leader who I have learned since was a great leader and inspiration to the American Native Indians at times of great strife.
Here they are and I hope they inspire you as they did me:
- So live your life so the fear of death can never enter your heart.
- Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their views, and demand that they respect yours.
- Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.
- Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a stranger if in a lonely place. Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.
- When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
- When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.
For those of you who read this and stiffle’s a giggle about my profound thoughts. Read below, then return to the article if you know anything about it and read it again.